Monday, November 14, 2016
I am reading a lot about how we are supposed to make friends with nature, recycle our garbage, take care of the earth, and find God all around us in nature. The earth is our friend. We are in a covenant with the earth. Nice. But I was in an earthquake last week. Middle of the night there was a big thump and the house shook. Quake was nine miles away. Now I can love nature all I want, but if I am in a certain place at a certain time, and the big one comes, I am done. What happened to our nice covenant? Does a loving God crush nice people living on an Italian hillside in homes built hundreds of years ago? You might counter that if I slept under the open sky or in a teepee, I would not be crushed. But I don't. I live in San Francisco. God made San Francisco. It is to be lived in and enjoyed, though now only by rich people, but that is another story. If you check earthquake websites you will find that earthquakes are going on regularly all over the world. No escape from tech tonic movements. Loving God, friendly earth and earthquakes don't fit right. But I will continue to recycle while I ponder this and await your "anonymous" responses.