I got a real kick out of this line in the front page article of our local paper, the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
“More and more environmentalists and scientists talk about the planet as a complex system, one that human beings must aggressively monitor, manage and sometimes re-engineer.”
I don’t know about the whole “re-engineer” idea, but the “manage” part sure sounds familiar:
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created humans in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Genesis 1:26 – 28
That term, “rule,” sounds a little harsh, unless we remember what God means by that.
Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise autority over them call themselves Benefactors. But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”
Luke 22:25 – 26