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This is a 'word' that arose in the author in February 2001.
Was it from the Living God?
Given the event that occurred only 7 months later, it might be.
See 'Why Did God Allow 9/11?'
'Trying to Gain God's Perspective on 9/11 (September 11th 2001)' and
'9/11 - Ten Years On'.
9/11 - Response and Aftermath in the light of ISIL, 2014.

America needs to come to the knees of its heart, not just the knees of its prayer. It needs to repent.

Christians need to repent. Not only of the sins of others (as intercessors are sometimes called to do), but of their own sins. Not only their personal sins, which are always many in all of us, but of their sins in society which they do not recognise.

God is giving a warning to the powerful, successful Christians in America:

"Look after my planet.
Make it central to your purpose for being here.
Or else I will hold you responsible. Christians and non-Christians alike will be held responsible.
But especially Christians
because they are the ones who should be showing forth my heart.
Yet they have shown forth only one quarter of my heart."

How have we - how do we - not look after God's earth? By ignoring it. By assuming that it is there merely as a backdrop for human activity, and perhaps the drama of salvation. By putting priority onto activities that enhance personal fulfilment and achievement, activities that have as an indirect result the destruction of the earth.

For example, every mile we drive contributes to greenhouse gases, that puts extra energy into the atmosphere, making it more active and unstable - leading to floods, storms with increasing severity and frequency. And it is often the poor who suffer more than you wealthy.

It is a spiritual truth that when God gives power to someone - be it a person or a nation - then he expects them to use that power to the benefit of others and not to their own benefit. Read on, especially about Ezekiel 34 ...

Scriptural Foundation

The Scripture says (Rev. 11:18):

"The nations were angry
And your wrath has come.
The time has come

Why so? All things are to be Christ's inheritance (Heb. 1:2). All things are to be summed up in Christ, and come together in him (Eph. 1:10, Col. 1:20). If we destroy Christ's inheritance - or allow it to be destroyed while we enjoy ourselves - then we are not truly loving the one we claim to love.

John 3:16 tells us what God so loved that he gave his only begotten Son. It was not human souls. It was not even human beings alone. It was "the world".

And what is God's plan? Romans 8 tells us clearly that those who are in Christ Jesus are no longer under condemnation and they receive the Holy Spirit, because of whom we can have a very intimate relationship with the Living God. It goes on to explain God's purposes. Woven into these purposes is a strong thread of future hope and resurrection and salvation for the whole of Creation, not for human beings along. Indeed, in the light of v.19, 21, etc. we who taste the first fruits of salvation are meant to be the mature 'sons' who, because they are like God in attitude of heart and in what they value (the real meaning of the Greek word for 'son' in v.19), will bring God's blessing and joy back to the very Creation itself. And the heart of God is to bless rather than ignore his Creation.

After all, the very purpose for which he created humankind in the first place was, according to Genesis 1:26-28, to steward Creation (the real meaning of 'radah') on behalf of God. We should rule it for its own good rather than for our own convenience and enjoyment.

This is clear from the fact that 'radah' is used in only a few places, and notably in Ezekiel 34, where God says,

"Woe to the shepherds of Israel
who only take care of themselves.
Should not the shepherds take care of the flock?
You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool,
and slaughter the choice animals
but you do not take care of the flock.
You have not strengthened the weak
or healed the sick or bound up the injured.
You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost.
You have ruled them harshly and brutally."

It is clear that the type of rulership that God requires from those whom he depends on to represent him should be that of a shepherd for his sheep: the shepherd rules the sheep not for his own sake or convenience, but for the sake of the sheep which he has authority over.

In the same way, according to Genesis 1:26-28, we have a mandate to rule the Creation not for our own sake or convenience, but for the sake to the Creation itself. Because God loves it.

But rule the Creation today just as the shepherds of Ezekiel 34 did: we "only take care of ourselves". We "eat the [food it provides], clothe ourselves with the [fabrics we make from it], and slaughter [any parts that suit us]". We "do not take care of the [Creation]". We do not "strengthen the weak". We do not "heal the sick [in Creation] nor bound up the injured [parts of Creation]". We do not bring back the [species nearing extinction] or search for the lost". We "rule [the Creation] harshly and brutally".

God's judgement starts with the household of God. That is a time-long spiritual truth. God's people should show forth God's character. We Christians are among the worst offenders against the Creation, by our focus on our personal satisfaction, personal salvation, personal fulfilment, personal growth. God will judge us as he judged the shepherds of Israel.

On the other hand, if we truly let the Holy Spirit rule every part of our lives, including letting the Holy Spirit transform our 'ways of seeing things' (which is what Romans 12:2 means), will have the fruit of the Spirit grow in us. This fruit, which we normally assume is to be felt by other human beings around us, is actually to be felt by the whole of God's Creation around us. Gal. 5:22,23 applied to the Creation goes like this:

"The fruit of the Spirit is:

Those who truly show this attitude towards God's Creation will be those whom the Creation looks forward with eager longing to see (and experience and feel the effects of) (Rom. 8:18). And so we will most beautify and prepare our Saviour's inheritance, and all things will end up related to Christ as head (Eph. 1:10), with great joy.


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