This morning on my way out, I rode past a vacant plot of land that has just been cleared of trees. An apple tree had been cut down, and green apples were strewn around and lay in the morning sun – to rot or be eaten by birds and insects. No one had claimed the apples, and no one was cheeky or daring enough to scoop them up. Perhaps also, no one had the inclination?
We live in such a rich society here in Australia. Even with the devastation of recent floods, fires and cyclones, there is an abundance of food around us so that none should be going hungry in the next few months (despite the price hikes in some fruit and veg).
The reality around us plays into our understanding of the wider world, and can influence how we consider this question:
“How do Christians choose between caring for the poor and caring for creation?
This is a frequently asked question directed to Scott Sabin, the Executive Director of Plant with a Purpose, by curious Christians.
In Caring for the Earth, Sabin is quoted as saying that his care for the earth grew out of concern for the poor.
While we in the West have more than enough food waiting for us in our supermarkets, the quality of life of the poor is acutely tied to the quality of life on the land around them.
…serving the poor – helps to serve the environment and helping to restore the environment serves the poor. Both activities serve the Creator.”