Spiritual life: Are we fiddling while world burns?

PUBLISHED: 08:00 20 October 2018


As I said Morning Prayer before writing this article the Old Testament Lesson was about King Hezekiah, who had let Babylonian envoys see all his inherited wealth.

He was warned they would at some time in the future return to take it all, but took no notice as by then he would be dead!!

Last week came the startling news that what was thought to be a safe rise in global temperature was anything but safe.

Scientists warn that we are approaching a point of no return, which if reached will mean irreversible damage to our planet.

World political leaders appear to have reacted in a similar vein to that of King Hezekiah, as the apparent danger will affect future generations, not our own.

“A duty of care” is a combination of words with which we are only too familiar today.

One of the things for which we should care, is this world in which and on which we live, if for no better reason, than from the instinct for self- preservation. As a Christian, I believe we are stewards of creation, with an obligation to pass it on to future generations, in no worse shape than that in which we found it, and hopefully in better.

The world is not ours to plunder, with no thought of tomorrow. Predictions are, that, in the event of global catastrophe, it is the weakest and the poorest who will suffer most.

The rumour is that “Nero fiddled while Rome went up in flames”.

Are we doing the same?

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