Hear the word of the Lord, O children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land. There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land; there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
(Hosea 4: 1-2)
Look around and you will see the worldliness of the inhabitants, individuals’ morals has been polluted. Listen and you will hear curses and swearing. Bad words had become a very usual language to some. Your senses will tell you that the world is now changing not for the good but for the worse.
If I had created something, for instance, a work of art like a scrapbook, I would take care of it for life. I would look at it every now and then and be proud that I have made something beautiful. Something close to my heart, a remembrance of my past. Now if one day this piece of art had been destroyed, I think I would freak out. That person who dared to ruin my work will get what he deserves. I bet if on the same case you would also react as mine, am I right?
Earth has now been ruined and this is the reality. God had made it so wonderful when he created it. Body of waters were all fresh and clear, various animals were abundant and free, the air is void of pollutants. People are disciplined, morals were intact and most of all, they were God fearing. However, see what had happened after generation to generation. People who were assigned to take care of nature had become its detractors. The air and water had been polluted. Mountains are now denuded. Many animals had been proclaimed endangered. Humans had lost their morals and they become disobedient and disrespectful to God. Do people still know that there is God? And if they do, is God being obeyed?
“Heal the world and make it a better place,” says a famous song. It is never too late for us Christians to move and that includes concern to people and to nature. Do not go with the flow of this world for you will be misled. Go to where God leads you. Be a change advocate for the better.
7 He said: “Son of man, this is the place of my throne and the place for the soles of my feet. This is where I will live among the Israelites forever. The people of Israel will never again defile my holy name—neither they nor their kings—by their prostitution and the funeral offerings[a] for their kings at their death.[b]8 When they placed their threshold next to my threshold and their doorposts beside my doorposts, with only a wall between me and them, they defiled my holy name by their detestable practices. So I destroyed them in my anger.9 Now let them put away from me their prostitution and the funeral offerings for their kings, and I will live among them forever.
Four billion years ago, the earth was created by our Maker for His creations to live by. It was so breathtakingly beautiful. Nature was at its best, the swaying trees, the blooming plants, running waters of the rivers and seas all crystal clear, animals of various species, shapes and sizes existed. There was no war, no threats to life. Peace was reigning. Yet as time passes by and the sovereignty of the land was transferred from generation to generation, a lot of changes occurred. Pollution is everywhere, crimes and wars are heard all over the news every day, trees had been cut down leaving forests denuded, rivers and other bodies of water became dump sites, many species of animals had been proclaimed endangered. The wonders and beauty of nature and other creations of God had been ruined. Is this the place where the King of king reigns?
Our body is considered to be God’s temple. Now, compare it to this world. When the sperm cell meets the egg cell, a zygote is formed and that becomes us. The beauty of innocence—that is the gift of childhood. But as our eyes were opened to worldly cravings and wicked surroundings, the purity of our hearts and minds were polluted. We became self-centered. We had forgotten that God should be our focus. We became hard headed and follow the fad of this world instead of doing God’s commandments. Are we still worthy to be called God’s temple?
Despite how filthy we are, God had devised a way out to make us pure again. Several centuries ago, His Son Jesus Christ became the ransom for our sins. God is omnipresent but there is one thing He could not see and that is our sins when it is covered by the blood of Jesus.
Once we humble ourselves before God, repent and surrender our lives to Him, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and start to live a new life, we can become a new creation. We will be purified by God. He will cleanse our hearts. Because of these things, God may now dwell in us and we can once again become His temple.
For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.
People love to play the blaming game. It was never our fault, it was always somebody’s fault.You failed the exam and you put the blame on your professor and say he wasn’t able to explain the topic well when in fact you were too busy to listen to him and too lazy to scan your notes. You had gotten pregnant early and you blame your parents because you say it’s one way of your rebellion for their lack of attention and trust when the truth is you were a curious cat and wanted to try what the fad is all about. And so on and so forth.
Know what this world could have been a better place if we only did obey what God was saying. We are Earth’s caretakers yet we are also its destructors. How blessed are those who lived ages ago when the air was still fresh, waters were still pure, foods were not preserved, no traffic jams and no pollutions. The reason why there is too much trouble is because we take this world for granted. The culpability should be put in us.
Sometime soon, this world including us will fade away, there is a time for that. But we should not hasten that time to come by wasting our time doing unnecessary things and unwise decisions. Take it from my father who said, “It is such a waste to lose our life just because of engaging to things that are not even worth our life.”