I find it interesting (ironic?) how—as the saying goes, things change and yet remain the same.
Walt Kelly summed up the situation concerning pollution very well on Earth Day in 1971 with the now famous comic strip. Indeed, the enemy is us.
It’s all too easy to objectify things and people, and to externalize perceived problems. It’s this or that thing…it’s this or that group of people.
This is not who we are!
Wait! What? It’s not?
I am persuaded that many who confess allegiance to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and are familiar with the biblical stories and messages, have completely missed the point of the relationship. To turn a political phrase, it’s the application, stupid!
It took the prophetic voice of Nathan to speak directly to King David to show who he really was. Knowledge and words are only steps on the path of transformation. They must be accompanied by a willingness (in the words of Michael Jackson) for change. Just a heads up—evil can take the shape of active participation and passive complicit silence.
Might I suggest a response to the devastation all around?
I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
A p-k (preacher’s kid), Mark is the eighth of nine children born to Reuben and Henrietta Meeks, prolific planters of nearly 30 churches throughout the Central Valley of California. After four decades of teaching, discipling, and ministering, including to the hospitalized and imprisoned, Mark responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry. In addition to degrees in civil engineering and public administration, Mark received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary.