There are many, many scriptures in the Holy Bible that refer to being resourceful and considerate of waste. In Genesis we hear of in the Edenic covenant of God giving man dominion over all the earth. This included an intention for man to be sensible, careful with the planet and her natural state. There are only a limited amount of resources in the earth, so consequently new forms of fuel have been dug, mined, drilled and extracted to cater for mans ever-increasing burgeoning requirements!
We are now living in an age where pollutants are being pumped into our skies at enormous rates as some countries attempt to control and minimise and others comprehensively do not. Plastics swamp beaches across the world and microscopic plastics have long entered the food chain in the deepest of oceans. Carbon emissions are tested on many different types of transportation as the once encouraged diesel engine is now on government hit lists. Electric power for transport is the new kid on the block, as directives and advertising promotion defies logic by telling all and sundry to buy these super fast, efficient, battery operated cars.
They will tell you of the energy efficiency, the zero emission, the all electric vehicle lower cost while helping the environment. But fail to mention that the mining for the lithium and the transportation of that lithium across the world cancels out any benefit to the environment.
We should really be trying to set examples as a Christian in all aspects of our daily life. Being resourceful and giving a lot of consideration to what is called environmental concerns is part of our responsibility to God. It may not just be our choice of transportation. It should be how our food is packaged and what food we need. How we separate waste to assist in collection. Materials being recycled or reused, whether it’s at home, the workplace or our church.
In Proverbs 18:9 , the Bible says “He who is slothful in his work, is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.“
This week, I bought two second hand futon sofas. A seater3 and a 2 seater, that I converted into a 2.5 seater and have today just used up the surplus wood to make additional support legs for the bed and some shelves for additional storage. This left me quite roundly happy, with the finished products, the minimal cost and the fact these furniture items had been recycled using up nearly all the surplus.