Prayer Request: Romany--and the rest of us--will honor our King by taking care of the creation He has placed us in.
Jon & Tanya Parks, Slovakia, write:
Recently at the Roma church we had a discussion group with
some church members about what it means to live in God’s kingdom. The
lesson and the above illustration came from a lesson in CHE (Community
Health Evangelism, see these posts for more information)
and encourages participants to think about the parts of any kingdom –
the King (top), the citizens (bottom left) and the territory (bottom
right). In the case of God’s kingdom, the King is of course God, the
citizens are God’s people, and the territory is all of creation.
We learn that life in God’s kingdom is not just about worshiping God –
it’s also about our care for one another and for God’s creation, and
about making God’s reign a reality through living according to his
We weren’t sure which direction the Spirit might lead the discussion,
so we opened the floor for thoughts and questions. It turns out that,
for those present, the most challenging part of this teaching was our
responsibility to care for creation.
“How many times have I walked by a messy place and just thrown my
trash down with all the rest?” one person wondered aloud. “I’ve never
thought about the fact that as a Christian, it’s my job to help take
care of the world around me. I can’t control how much pollution the big
factories put into the air… but I can take care of my own areas the
best I can!”
What about you – have you ever thought of earth-care as a spiritual issue?