May 18, 2020 - Recycling

When I woke up this morning recycling was on my mind and I believe it is because of a conversation on yesterday with my sister regarding the environment. There are many reports that suggest the coronavirus lockdowns have created a cleaner environment in many places. We know however that where there are positive outcomes, there are the negatives as well. It is a fact that there has been a drop in air pollution and a reduction in carbon emissions. Many places are reporting a decrease in smog that now permits them to see a clearer blue sky. Some cities are reporting that streams of water are clearer and cleaner. There have been sightings of wildlife roaming the streets in urban areas

With all of that in mind, I started thinking about how we could better serve the environment. A few years ago, one of my daughters admonished me to start recycling our bottles and cans. I said, "Why not, since there is a convenient place to drop them off in Brandywine." Since that time, I have put forth a greater effort to separate the household trash from the items that are recyclable. If you are already recycling, give yourself a pat on the back. Many of the household items we use have been recycled. Take time to read the labels on some of your containers. This may sound like a small feat, but just imagine how we could change the environment if each of us did something different than when the pandemic began.

Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. Recycling is an alternative to "conventional" waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. Will you do your part by participating in what is so very simple. I think one of the reasons I became interested is because someone in this present generation suggested a means in which they might have a brighter future.

As Christians, we have a responsibility to take care deeply about the environment and improving human life. We know that God created the world and has relied on us to be good stewards and caretakers of His creation. God, being all wise put the man in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (Genesis 2:15) We know the story of man and woman's disobedience in the Garden of Eden had a negative impact on the environment.   

As we can see in Genesis 1:28, "And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth." Now my brothers and sisters, this reminds us that we can be good trustees or we can falter and suffer the consequences later.   

The word of Jeremiah 2:7 tells us, "And I brought you into a plentiful land to enjoy its fruits and its good things. But when you came in, you defiled my land and made my heritage an abomination.

The bottom line in this message is the need for action. Covid-19 has caused national and international disruptions in the livelihood of many people. That being said, what lessons will we learn from this crisis that will make us a better world?      

As Christians, we have a responsibility to take care of the planet. How will you help?  

Not sermon, just a thought!

Robert Earl Slade, Pastor