A Sabbath for the Land
Thanks to modern technology, we stand today at a precarious point in human history. Never before have we harnessed natural forces so effectively to meet our own needs, and never before has our activity so threatened the world around us. Today we have the capability to seriously damage and permanently change the natural world in which we live through nuclear contamination, environmental degradation, and global climate change. How can we as Christian residents of the planet respond to this situation? I propose that the biblical idea of Sabbath can be a model to help us define our responsibility to the natural world.