Reverend Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church
This is mid-April, a season to celebrate new life. It’s no wonder that God created seasons such as this to demonstrate how inter-related the world actually is. We celebrate new life in the created order at the same time we celebrate new life through Easter’s resurrection.
Our world is a troubled world as you all know. As human beings we are experiencing the consequences of choices that our ancestors have made and that human beings just like us have made. Those consequences may be good or bad, depending on what they are. That’s because God gave us the ability to make choices. So we ran with it and made choices, some better than others. We continue to make choices. Sometimes good and sometimes not so good. But they are ours.
And every day we have the opportunity and obligation to make more choices. Some will be better than others. Today we have the opportunity to choose whether to improve our world and our relationships with others in this world. We know how to care for the environment, God’s created world.
The question for us is how do we do that?
That’s been the question of the ages for God’s people. It’s been asked over and over. God has been giving us baby steps all along. And we still mess it up sometimes in how we put it into action. But God continues to work with us. Here’s how God taught us in the past, even though we thought we knew better.
God gave us a new chance at governing creation when God made a covenant with Noah.
For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard