Compiled by Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center Council Member Sadie Morgan
“Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.” — Ezekiel 47:8 (See whole passage, verses 1-12)
At the time Ezekiel had this vision, I wonder if he puzzled over the need of the seas to be “healed.” Perhaps he thought of the Dead Sea, as do most contemporary commentators, or maybe the bitter waters encountered by the Israelites in the wilderness came to mind. This prophecy was clearly for the distant future, however, and the need of the seas to be healed is no longer a preposterous illusion.
In our days, we have islands of plastic in the Pacific. We have blow-outs of oil wells and toxic chemicals poured on as some supposed remedy. We have wastes of all types being dumped by ocean liners, city waste treatment facilities, agricultural run-off, etc., all disrupting the delicate balance of our oceanic ecosystem. The sea creatures that manage to survive all of this are being drastically over-fished. In Japan, a damaged nuclear reactor is still pumping radioactive waste into the ocean after several years, and no solution is in sight. Small quiet scientific voices have been warning us for the past ten years (or more) that future access to clean water is the problem that will dwarf all others in the coming years. There are solutions to most of these problems, but no one seems interested in taking the needed steps to make any difference. Certainly no one wants to pay for it.
The point of this depressing summary about the condition of our oceans is that it becomes obvious we are creating problems that are quickly becoming too enormous for us to solve ourselves. For those without any kind of belief in a “Power greater than ourselves,” our inaction certainly seems to be leading to an eventual extinction. But that wasn’t the end Ezekiel foresaw. He saw a time of intervention in which there would be healing, for our personal infirmities, and for the damage we are doing to the earth. For people of faith, this can be a great consolation. The writer of Proverbs says “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverb 23:18)
Today’s Action: Belief in a future healing of problems we cannot correct ourselves does not absolve us from being responsible stewards of the earth we inhabit today. What can you personally do to help stop the destruction of our natural resources today?
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