Barham Downs Churches

  • The Rectory
  • The Street, Barham
  • Canterbury
  • Kent
  • CT4 6PA

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Creation Stewardship

‘But ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; ask the plants of the earth, and they will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.’   (Job 12:7-10)

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. (1 Peter 4:1)

When we wander through our picturesque woodlands and over the gentle downs, it can be quite easy to forget that the bigger picture of creation is seemingly in crisis. None of us can be unaware of the collective damage being done to the ecosystem as we continue to clog up this beautiful globe: indelibly tainted by the waste materials of human consumerism. Plastic now found in the Antarctic; in the deepest parts of the ocean and being consumed by marine creatures (and being trapped by it) is just part of problem we are facing in this burgeoning Anthropocene era. There is no doubt that plastic was an incredible invention for all sorts of utilitarian uses in our everyday lives. Some ethicists have even stated that the destruction is sown in the commandment by God for man and woman to “subdue…and have dominion” over the earth (Gen. 1:28 KJV). Having access to Earth’s rich resources has indeed helped us to advance our industries and commerce and yet that same verse beforehand commands us first to “replenish the earth.” If we are to recognise this then we become better stewards of creation. If we fail to ‘replenish’ then we cannot fully control God’s gift of this planet, and failing to govern it wisely will condemn the younger generations to a much reduced world. Interestingly, as Andrea and I had an evening walk around Barham it did not take long to find disposable plastics strewn by roadsides and in hedges so that a large bag of it was collected along the way.