Early satellite photographs of the earth marked: “a great landmark for human consciousness… We once more know that we live in a system that is enclosed in a certain way, that it has its own kinds of limits, and that we are interdependent with it."
Complexity, Interconnectedness, Balance, Interdependence
You run into words like these when you read about the ecological systems in place on our planet. Each has its own peculiar set of conditions and phenomena. Yet each is delicately interwoven with contiguous systems which are, in turn, equally distinctive in their own right.
Every detail has a purpose. Every detail is designed to complement the whole, while remaining simultaneously dependent upon it. One detail out of kilter today crops up later with magnified consequences.
Humans, with our propensity for short-sightedness and greed, pose an ever increasing threat to Earth’s integrity. We have a head knowledge of things like cause and effect, sowing and reaping… yet we seem oblivious to the inevitability of catastrophe.
Things would be different if we had simply filled the niche God intended for us. We were meant to be better administrators than owners, managers before pillagers, more concerned for the well-being of our grandchildren than for next Friday’s paycheck.
Look how “on-the-brink” our natural world is because we have largely neglected our God-given role.
As in creation, so it is in the Kingdom of God. The same words (Complexity… Interconnectedness… Balance… Interdependence…) point to some of its essential attributes.
Our integration into this spiritual ecosystem begins with the new birth. If we who are children of God conscientiously fill the niche that God prepared for us, the consequences will be beautiful. If we neglect to, maybe nothing terrible happens to us right now. But, our lives will be drab and superficial. We will part this life empty-handed. We will leave a negative effect on the whole.
It becomes fundamental that we identify our preordained purpose in the kingdom of God as precisely as possible. What does the work of God´s kingdom look like? What should we actively invest ourselves in? What characteristic comes to the fore in true believers to such a degree that it appears natural, almost instinctive, to those around them?
"Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, "I believed, and so I spoke," we also believe, and so we also speak," (2 Corinthians 4:13)
Do we have the same spirit of faith?
Look how “on-the-brink” our spiritual world is because we have largely neglected our God-given role.
Speaking the good news of Jesus Christ to people who have yet to embrace it is our niche in this complex ecosystem. Unsurprisingly, our inactivity in what was explicitly assigned to us has led to negative consequences. Maybe we should consider that there is a correlation between the dearth of genuine spirituality and our silence.
The Apostle Paul is our model. He was always on message. He was “all things to all men.” No amount of political or religious sectarianism distracted him. He did not allow his political opinions, if he had any, to make the Gospel seem less palatable for some people or more palatable for others based on their political predispositions.
Amazing how beautiful and fruitful an ecosystem is when all parts function as God intended…