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Oh Really?

Littering My Fathers World

I stopped at a rest area today. No big deal, you would say, People do that all the time. A somewhat overrated experience to report on. You know what? It is true that people do it all the time. You know what? You can actually tell very clearly that people do it all the time. I stopped at a rest area today. But it did not stop there: As I had my lunch, I looked around and was offended. From time to time I sing this song, Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works Thy hands have made either in the congregation or as I travel along by myself. However, as I stop at a rest area, these words choke, because the awesome work of God is dirtied by people who stop at rest areas all the time. At the place where I stopped, there were drink bottles, cartons, and various other packaging items left willy-nilly around the area, even just a few steps away from the rubbish bins that were provided (and no, the rubbish had not been blown out of those or taken by birds, because the bins were of the closed lid variety). It took me all of five minutes to tidy up a lot of the rubbish that was lying in the vicinity of where I had parked. Then I went to wash my hands at the lavatory a bit further down. As I arrived there a man was just being helped out of the car by his wife, as he was on crutches. He went ahead of me in the male toilet area. I followed him in, only to see him turn around abruptly, saying, I will use the ladies toilet, this place is too dirty. Indeed, dirty it was and I will spare you the grizzly details. The toilet block was of good quality, well tiled and built for easy-care. It apparently makes no difference to some that there are other people wishing to use those facilities after them. I went to the water tower behind the block to wash my hands.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. God did not just create the universe and our earth. He made it all beautiful, to be enjoyed. The world is not starkly utilitarian; it is aesthetically beautiful until fallen man moves in to leave his marring footprint, as was the case along the Goulburn Valley Highway.

This world is created by my God and He has given me responsibility to look after it. I will strive earnestly to look after it, because it is my desire to show that I love the God Who made and redeemed me. It incenses me when people treat my Gods world with carelessness, when they consider the whole environment outside their car window as their rubbish bin. With this approach to Gods handiwork disdain is shown for the God back of it all. Surely, this is offensive to those who belong to Him, isnt it? The government of the state of Victoria has placed signs along roadside to encourage the reporting of those who litter. Though some apparently (as showing on the government website) take the trouble to dial the number provided, 1800 35 25 55, I would suggest that not too many can be bothered. Christian, if you love the Lord your God, you will show it among other things by showing that you love the planet He created for your stewardship and enjoyment. Here is the rallying cry: When you happen to see some one dirty Gods world, do not let that person get away with it. Do the right

thing and report the litter bug. Just imagine that every Christian in Victoria (and other regions which have a phone line organised for this) would ring in whenever dirt is thrown out of a car. Victoria would probably soon be as clean as Singapore (a country known for its superb cleanliness and punitive approach to litter bugs). What we do in life echoes in eternity, declares Maximus in the film Gladiator. I have heard Christians mutter that it was not their rubbish, and that they would make sure that their own rubbish was always cleaned up. I used to tell my students at school that, whenever I would walk past a piece of litter on the school ground, such litter would cry out to me, Pick me up! Pick me up! There were times I was in a hurry and would walk past only to turn back with a guilty conscience and clean up. 1Corinthians 3:11
-13 points out the following: For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. What we do in this life does matter; God expects to see fruitfulness in righteous stewardship. Look after His world!

Martin Luther informs us that God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars. God writes the Gospel in the environment He created. Do not permit the beautiful tidings to be besmirched by litter bugs. Take action when litter bugs cross your path. A Christian stopped at a rest area today. Was it cleaner when he departed from there?

Dr Herm Zandman 1/08/2012