Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
You could accuse me of being a “bumper-sticker theologian,” … and you would be right. I am an inveterate reader of bumper stickers. It is a sort of “hobby” of mine. I learn a lot about what people think and value by seeing what they are willing to paste on the back of their cars.
The other day I noticed a car in our very own BV parking lot hosting a sticker of only four words which cut to the chase: ‘REDUCE’ – ‘REUSE’ – RECYCLE’ ‘RESPECT.’
Four words which invite and challenge us to consider who each of us is as an inhabitant of this world with which God has graced us.
REDUCE – Even in downsizing to our present living quarters, we still possess more “stuff” than we need for very sufficient survival. The MAJORITY of the people in the world would be ecstatic simply to have our garbage and castaways.
REUSE – So inconvenient to our lifestyle … but so important to the preservation of God’s planet, and the welfare of all humanity.
RECYCLE – We all know the benefits to our economy, corporations, individuals and environment … BUT! How could we at Bay Village improve our commitment to recycling paper, plastic and/or Styrofoam?
RESPECT – Perhaps the most crucial, critical and compelling of all the four words. When we live in an attitude of respect for all of God’s blessings to us; when we respect EVERY person as a child of God; when we respect that we are temporary stewards—not owners—of this planet, then everything comes together … not until then! These are some of the “life and death” decisions each of us is called on to make for the survival of our grandchildren.