Punchline first: it’s both/and, not either/or.
There is nearly zero logic behind the comment that “God will take care of everything” therefore we people of faith can simply sit back and watch. If you really think that, don’t vote or bother with the condition of your teeth, lawn or place of work, just sit, pray -and watch what happens. God’s Word, for example The Book of James nails the foolishness of such a “faith”.
One of the old words we rarely hear these days- though the concept is presently being discussed a great deal -also happens to be a biblical term:
Definition? “The office, duties, and obligations of a steward, the conducting, supervising or managing of something, especially careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care, example: stewardship of natural resources.”
Jesus spoke plainly of a steward in Luke chapter 16 and the concept is mentioned several times throughout scripture. He particularly spoke of the injustice of the steward and used rather intense, harsh terms regarding the treatment of the person.
Revelations 11.15-18 Note my CAPS in verse 18:
15 Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying,
“The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. 18 “And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to DESTROY THOSE WHO DESTROY THE EARTH.”
The biblical Greek word translated to English “destroy” re. “those who destroy the earth” means “to change for the worse, to corrupt, minds, morals, to destroy, ruin, to consume of bodily vigor and strength, of the worm or moth that eats provisions, clothing, etc., to destroy, to kill”
When so many denounce, reject and blast environmentalists and scientists who speak to what we have done and are now allowing on our planet is there any wonder about what God Himself says via these elders? There is a reaping when lives are destroyed by billionaires, corporate shareholders and politicians who will not sacrifice themselves for the sake of position, power and their immediate financial gain to the tune of the health and sustainability of the planet. In a word, this is about personal responsibility.
I have mentioned before and expect I will again, that while some whine and scream about “the lazy, irresponsible poor” the same people rarely say anything about the powerful, moneyed irresponsible wealthy, those in position to make deep and true, positive change… but for any number of reasons just do not do so.
The cheap and frankly ignorant re-direct game is to cry “socialists, globalists and survival of the fittest you snowflakes, left-wing idiots” when someone speaks about such matters. And this coming from those who DO LITTLE OR NOTHING AT ALL… BECAUSE “It ain’t my responsibility”?!! Uhhhh… really? “To whom much is given much shall be required and to whom more is given much MORE shall be required.” Those are Jesus’ words.
Then there is the classic and skip-the-issues-just-trashtalk white-wash response “You’ve swallowed the koolaide” as if nobody on the political right ever does?!! Excuse me, but we’re ALL responsible to do with what God gives us as HE calls us to do, and that my friends is where biblical ignorance can literally cause people to suffer and indeed die.
I say many professing Christians hide behind “spiritual” talk devoid of either sense or love, a quasi-commitment to Jesus and His words when we cherry-pick scripture in such a way as to support our own lazy, irresponsible, indeed judgmental “Don’t judge!” one minute and “I’ll judge you here and now” the next.
If you really want an education, check out Revelations further on in chapter 18 when the prophecy tells us the merchants are freaking out because they can no longer make money as Babylon (you can debate who that is/was/shall be all you like, I will not) is fallen.
In the end- however and whenever He rolls the world all up (and He will), there will be those whom are destroyed as they themselves destroyed the earth for the sake of personal gain, power and with zero true commitment to God or their neighbor. Political position, bank accounts, a majority or minority view won’t be of much value when He does, and that day is coming.
Meanwhile, consider God’s Word and your neighbor, consider whether love and His truth is your deepest link to making decisions, then proceed with humility and caution because “We shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ”.
Speaking in the practical sense, from the least powerful to the most powerful person on earth (whomever that may be at any point in time) we are ALL stewards of what God has given us, the earth and what’s on/within it. The greater the power to influence and affect it and people, the greater the responsibility.
As always, thanks for stopping by. -Glenn