Plastic bags that were previously so generously and freely available are to be banned because they waste resources, pollute the environment and cause congestion in landfill sites. Shoppers are being urged to supply their own and a variety of alternatives are on sale. You only have to walk through town, to see people proudly displaying their ethically produced bags of organic cotton bearing slogans to demonstrate we are doing our bit to save the planet from destruction. Alongside this, sales of large gas-guzzler cars are on the wane and we are being encouraged to save fuel and energy. This whole push is being supported by a raft of proposed government legislation.
Now, I am wholeheartedly for this and we are trying to do our bit at home to make changes in the way we live and reduce our carbon footprint. I am against the waste of resources and the pollution of the environment and have no doubt that mankind is contributing to global warming. However I can't help feeling that we are in danger of missing the main point and forgetting the real cause. All this is happening in the world because of what is in man's heart, so it is man who is on a course of self destruction. Saving mankind has become an extremely urgent, vital and important issue. Thankfully, God foresaw this and provided the solution.
If only the same growing fervour behind the environmental evangelistic efforts was put behind the real salvation message, what a massive difference that would make. We could of course have a gospel message on our shopping bags, but better still let us make sure that we are the message!
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16 New International Version