From the Evangelist desk for the February 2011 edition.
One rule for one and one for another!
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, ?Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.? (NIV)
Nice of the Lord I must say, to make me a ruler of all other creatures within this world. But with being a ruler comes responsibilities. Are we up to the task of being rulers?
Some rulers are counted as exploiters, where they exploit their subjects, exploit their surroundings, exploit their neighbours and exploit anything and everything that can be exploited including God?s creatures.
Some rulers are extortionists where they extort monies from those they rule, the extort the underling to do their bidding, they extort any natural wealth their country may have and they extort their neighbours who may be in need at the time and they extort God?s creatures to profit themselves.
The Oxford Dictionary states a ruler is, ?a person exercising government or dominion?.
So what type of ruler are we? Are we exploiters? Are we extortionists? Or are we a loving caring ruler, who looks after those placed under his or her control?
Before we attempt to answer this question, if answer we must, let us also look at what else the Word of God, that being the Bible, tells us.
Psalm 22: 27-28 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. (NIV).
So if we accept what is written in Psalm 22, we must accept that the Lord rules the nations of the world and all dominion is His and His alone. Therefore I suggest that we are similar to Joseph, (Dream coat boy), where we are second to? as Joseph was second only to Pharaoh, as described in Genesis 41:
So again let us look at how we rule. Do we eat of God?s creatures because we are hungry? Or do will kill and maim for sport? Do we treasure and find joy in looking at and sharing in God?s creation? Or do we exploit what we can get from it all in the name of progress, thus causing the extinction of some of the Lord?s creatures?
Do we think twice about getting in the car and driving to the local shops? Do we stop and think before we act, or do we carry on regardless?
How do we view others rule over us? Our Government rules us, and in theory the Queen rules the Government, but that is in tradition only nowadays. Do we respect our rulers? Now we have formed our opinions on how we view others that rule over various nations of the world, how do we view our rule over God?s creation and God?s creatures? Are we fair and just, as we would hopefully be treated by those in power over us? Do we stop and think how we can benefit the creatures of the earth so that they can survive for future generations to see and enjoy? Have we been faithful and true in the gift of rule over all God?s creatures?
Let us remember: Revelation 19:11.I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and wages war. (NIV)
In summary, I would suggest that we must always be on our guard, to rule over the Lord?s creatures with a loving kindness and careful consideration that we would like bestowed upon us. To try and ensure that we are ?Faithful and True? and that we do not fall because of our transgressions
Yours in Christ.
© Rick Hayes, February 2011