SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012.
SUBJECTING THE ENVIRONMENT
‘And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.’ (Gen. 1v28)
IT is not to be contested; God has ultimate rule over the earth and He exercises authority with loving care. In wisdom, He has delegated some of this power to the human race and asserts incontrovertibly: ‘be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it.’
The implication of the above is that man, created in God’s image, should rise and take responsibility of his environment. Man’s world is ‘unpredictable and volatile’, says Bishop of the Diocese of Ohaja/Egbema, Rt Rev. Chidi Oparaojiaku, during his Synod address at St Matthew’s Anglican Church, Etekwuru, Egbema Archdeaconry in Ohaji/Egbema local government of Imo State, recently.
Oparaojiaku continued: ‘The erratic nature of power supply has made it almost impossible to anchor business. The truth remains that a nation without a steady and sure power supply will continue to remain on the list of the underdeveloped. The inconsistent nature of power has not encouraged private investors.”
Is it education? The present educational system cannot build people of strong will. Standards have eroded over years. A system where education is under the direct control of a state governor, whose children, ironically, are not being schooled in the state, leaves much to be desired. Students who gain admission into universities for four-year degree programmes are not sure of graduating in seven years.
What of politics? It is only in this country that politicians say, ‘whether I am voted for or not, the election is already decided.’ Campaign noise serves just to fulfil righteousness. This makes mockery of democracy.
It is God that has given us authority to increase, to be fruitful and to multiply. It means we must bring our environment under subjection. We are to lead people back to God. ‘In those days, Israel had no king, everyone did as he saw fit, people acted in the way they liked.’ (Judges 17v6) This ought not to be our case. We need a return to God in order to bring our environment under subjection.
At the economic sphere, we must ensure that market forces do not bring inflation and poverty. It is true that there is an economic downturn globally but God has blessed us with abundant material and human resources. We cannot afford to fail Him in this respect. He is a God of multiplication and abundance. He is not subjected to the whims of market forces.
In the social dimension, particularly concerning youths, we must ensure that we put programmes in place to tackle restiveness. It is a shame for few to live in affluence through ill-gotten wealth while the citizenry live in squalor. God has given us wherewithal to cover such a shame. We should avail ourselves to environmental opportunities and use them for the glory of God.
God has given assurance: ‘wherever we set foot, that land will be ours… every place on which the sole of our feet treads shall be ours… I will give you every place on which you set foot’. (Deut. 11v24)
There is no better time to hearken to His voice but now.Ven. Ernest Onuoha Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.