Environmental Damage and Spirituality

“There is no faithfulness, no kindness, no knowledge of God in your land.  You swear and lie and kill and steal and commit adultery.  There is violence everywhere with one murder after another.  That is why your land is not producing, it is filled with sadness, and all living things grow sick and die; the animals, the birds and even the fish begin to disappear.”  Hosea 4:2-3

People wonder why we have so many environmental problems, drought, crop disease, disease among the animals including bees, and weather disasters.  People try to lay the blame somewhere, and depending on their worldview, it may be overpopulation, pollution in the atmosphere, greedy corporations who mess up the natural order, or carbon production.  No one seems to question whether there is a spiritual connection.  When a country is full of crime and corruption, does not that country move far from God, and turn its back on God?  This doesn’t say God caused all the problems.  It could be that the country has moved far away from God’s blessing.  It may be like moving away from the source of sound and hearing it fade, moving away from the source of light and seeing things get darker, and moving out from under shelter beginning to feel the cold and rain.

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