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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sunset, North of Sunset

Sunset over the Pacific Ocean, one mile north of Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, California. November 4, 2009

Last Fall, I had a chance to hear a professor at Cal State Northridge speak on Christian stewardship of the environment. He made some convincing arguments, including a statement I had never thought of before: the ability to see and enjoy the creation helps point individuals to the Creator.

The New Testament states that "since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Romans 1:20).

Air pollution, water pollution, toxic waste, acid rain ... the list goes on. They affect not only the quality of human life, but also humanity's ability to see and recognize their Creator. The complexity and beauty of creation point to a Creator. The inability to see and enjoy God's creation makes it harder to recognize Him.

Los Angeles has both wonderful climate, beaches, the ocean, mountains, palm tree lined boulevards .... as well as a sprawling and sometimes gritty urban environment. I appreciate the work of men and women a generation ago to vastly improve the air quality here in Los Angeles (traffic has replaced "smog" as a major problem) and those who are currently working to improve the water quality of the Santa Monica Bay. Helping improve not only the quality of life, but the ability to see and enjoy the Creator's handiwork.

Including a sunset.

(originally posted 11/7/09) © 2010


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