I had a thought running through my head after Bible Study at church last Wednesday. We had been talking about Psalm 8, and near the end, we briefly talked about dominion:
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
Someone brought up global warming, in dare I say, nearly a mocking tone. I thought about this for a bit. Indifferent to political stances, the fact is, we have been poor stewards of His creation. Near indiscriminate industrialization, gas guzzling SUV’s, sportscars, minivans, sedans. Yes, relative the size of the earth, they are tiny. But the day to day bustle, for the past near century with vehicles, and China will be surpassing us soon in cars/fuel consumption. As it usually goes, Republicans under-emphasize the environment, and the Democrats worship it. I hope we find a balance. He has given it to us for our use, and to be good stewards.
I got to thinking about the industrial revolution and the blessing and cursings that pivotal era brought to fruition. Advances in technology brought us convenience and what we considered freedom. New transportation, new social activities, better medicine. An all encompassing paradigm shift for the world.
But if we probe deeply, do these amazing things really matter… Not being a buzzkill, but I want to see this through to it’s logical conclusion, the effects of which we suffer now. We have a society, Christians (loosly defined) included, who look for happiness everywhere but the Lord. We have new and better TV’s, TV programming for every interest, Movies for every fancy, bigger badder sexier sports cars, glorified station-wagons (SUVs), HD Plasma TV’s, swiss-army cell-phones, iPod’s that make french fries, social networking technology that takes us away from real people and into a shadow world of LOL and ROFLs.
While there has been some benefit, I believe that it has all simply served to divert us from the essentials of life, to the non-essential. It has given us idolatry in it’s most subversive, and at the same time, now obvious form. Our materialism is idolatry.
3“ You shall have no other gods before Me.
4” You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
5“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
This we know, when we rest on the Rock, our firm foundation, the chief cornerstone Christ Jesus, and truly seek his glory, we will be set apart.