by Christopher Harbin

Left in Charge
Christopher B. Harbin
Genesis 1:1-2:4; Psalm 8; Matt. 28:16-20; Romans 8:22-25

Everyone wants to be in charge. We don't necessarily want the responsibility of being in charge. We just want to dictate how things are done, as well as when they are accomplished. We want our opinions valued. We want our values respected. We want our concerns taken seriously. We want some level of control to protect our interests. If nothing else, we want to call the shots to be sure no one else is calling them!

More often than not, however, we do not find ourselves not in control. Maybe we did not assume responsibility. Maybe a more forceful personality took the reins. Maybe no one trusted us to see things through. Maybe we prefer to complain and grumble than to get things done. Who would want to leave us in charge? As strange as it may seem, we were left in charge. Perhaps we were not given control individually, but as the human race we were tasked with caring for God's creation. Why would God put us in charge of so much?

Genesis says we are given charge over God's work. We are caretakers of creation--stand-ins for the Master of the Universe. Isn't that a scary thought! What with global warming, mass deforestation, species extinction, strip mining, two world wars, nuclear arms, industrial pollution, abuse of natural resources, and other destruction we have caused since the founding of America, what could God have been thinking to have left us in charge?

Anyone here feel up to running the world? Anyone ready to vote me in as governor, senator, president, or maybe world ruler? (So much for all my political aspirations…) Maybe you trust me a little more than the rank and file citizen, at least insomuch as you called me to be your pastor. You still don't want to nominate me for ruler of the world. So why would God place such as ourselves, including the rank and file John Doe--even those we keep behind bars--to take care of creation on Go ...

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