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Written by Jim Jordal   
Wednesday, 21 September 2016

JUBILEE APPLIED TO ECOLOGICAL ISSUES

By Jim Jordal

 God planted a garden eastward, in Eden, and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground Yahweh God made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food…..A river went out of Eden to water the garden…. God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.                                                                                  Gen. 2:8-15 WEB (emphasis mine)

The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is mine; for you are strangers and live as foreigners with me.                                 Lev. 25:23 WEB (emphasis mine)

 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches. So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein. These wait all upon thee; that thou mayest give them their meat in due season.                      Psalm 104:24-27 KJV

The ideological struggle over global warming has placed the earth and its predatory human inhabitants in a new light: What will we do when and if the earth gets too (warm, poisoned, crowded, irradiated, murderous, or what have you) to support life? What happens when rising oceans flood coastal cities, including much of the eastern seaboard? Where will we get food when productive farming areas turn to desert, or are swallowed by burgeoning cities overrun with hungry and increasingly violent inhabitants? And what good is food if the air and water are poisoned beyond recovery?

As you probably realize by now, my main goal in writing is to present the seemingly lost concept (especially in modern churches desiring to hear only “good” things), that God is shaking as never before our arrogant, godless institutions of government and society until they either collapse or return to the biblical concepts of Jubilee and its role as “operating system” for the coming Kingdom of God on Earth.

We seem constitutionally unable to accept the truth that the earth belongs to God, not us. It is his to use to nurture the people he created, not in a use-it-till-it’s-gone manner, but in a dress-and-keep mode as Genesis says so as to allow it to regenerate itself in a manner that should last forever. This is man’s curse---the hubris (outrageous arrogance) that allows us to use God as a never-angry servant who wills us good no matter what we do.

Simply, that’s not the God of the Bible---it’s our invention of God as we would like him to be. The God of the Bible assesses punishment for violation of his law, along with plenteous forgiveness for those who repent. But our present religious posture is to ask for and expect divine deliverance coupled with little or no willingness on our part to change toward God’s way.

In fact, it’s unfortunately true that some more conservative ecclesiastical churches have actually encouraged ongoing corporate rape of the earth with their belief that what happens to the earth is irrelevant because it will soon be incinerated. Some have even gone so far as to declare that the now-fading but still damaging “supply-side” economics is the closest humans have yet come to God’s intent for the earth. (In case you’ve forgotten, supply-side economics is the now- ridiculed belief that general prosperity is best achieved by manipulating tax and inheritance policies so as to greatly increase incomes at the top of the economic scale where its owners will invest it in new productive facilities thus providing more jobs and more income for workers and the general public). But, as experience has shown, the pipe downward to the working and middle classes is plugged by the many legal strategies for  siphoning off money, so that very little of what crosses the path of Wall Street and the upper socio-economic classes ever reaches Main Street.

This issue is what much of the election excitement is about. So don’t worry, God knows how to get what he wants and what the people need.