YOUNG ADULT

MACARONI MASTERPIECE

Pasta—the medium of a true artist! I fondly remember creating macaroni masterpieces in art class as a child. Even more fondly, I remember how delighted my mom and dad always were

to receive them and display them proudly on the refrigerator. Join me, however, in imagining a very

different scenario. Imagine that my parents would put the art on the

refrigerator only to take it down a day later and walk all over it. Then, they

would trample on it for the whole week, showing a complete lack of care for my

masterpiece, and for the love I put into making it. Every Sabbath, however,

they would say, “Let’s put this artwork back up on the fridge and admire it,”

only to take it down again on Sunday and trample on it all over again. Imagine that they would do this over

and over, week by week, until my macaroni masterpiece was almost completely

unrecognizable, destroyed—all the while ignoring the pain they were putting me

through.



God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth’”

Gen. 1:26

Throughout my life, as a Seventh-day Adventist, I’ve heard about the

beautiful masterpiece that is God’s creation. I’ve embarked on countless

Sabbath nature walks and learned in Bible class about how creation is one of

the ways in which God is revealed. But when I first became aware of the

politics and differing ideologies that surround the environment I was surprised

to learn that it was the “liberals,” the group least often associated with

Christians, who were fighting to care of the environment while most church folk

found themselves on the “other” side. At first it made little sense to me. I

thought, “If Jesus is coming back and will make a new earth then why does the

condition of this one matter?” I learned why it mattered when reading in

Genesis that, “God said, ‘Let us

make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have

dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the

cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping

thing that creeps upon the earth’” (Gen. 1:26).



God’s decision to

give us dominion over the earth carries with it a great responsibility. God has

asked us to be stewards of the greatest masterpiece in the universe, His own

creation. As Adventists we like to enjoy the beauty of nature on a Sabbath

afternoon, but often our lives are devoid of any real effort to care for that

nature. We like to speak of God’s revelation through nature but we are

complicit in its destruction. We put God’s masterpiece “up on our

refrigerators” for a day or two, maybe even every week, but then we take it

down and destroy it with the way we treat the earth on a daily basis. How it

must pain God to see the people who know the truth about God’s creation treat

it with disrespect.



When we think of the word ‘stewardship’ in any

other context it connotes a responsibility for the proper care and use of

something. Therefore, if God has given us dominion over creation, if God has

called us to be stewards of the environment, then we should be actively taking

every step possible to preserve God’s earth and conserve her resources. Let

God’s people be the most vocal and active in seeking ways to care for God’s

gift, God’s masterpiece, God’s creation!

Random thought...

..When it

comes to our environmental footprint, what's my shoe size?

Kyle Dever
Kyle Dever is an intern

pastor at 'One Place' on the campus of Andrews University where he is also

enrolled in the Seminary. Upon completing his studies he looks forward to

returning to Southeastern California to continue pastoring.

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