Continuing our summer Bloggin' the 28 project, La Sierra University M.Div. student Jared Wright applies the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine of Stewardship to contemporary life.
He writes: During my first year as a Theology major in college, my professor, Lloyd Willis, the Australian dean of the religion department, shared with us his conception of what he called God’s “economy of miracles.” I’ve forgotten exactly how Dr. Willis put it, but in essence, he stated that God will not act supernaturally to accomplish what people can (and perhaps should) do naturally.
A few years later, toward the end of my college days, a friend of mine, Kevin, an older man and atheist, expressed to me a common atheistic sentiment toward God. He said that if there were a God, he would have a lot to answer for. How, for example, could a God characterized by love simply sit by and watch as millions of people on earth starve to death in famine-stricken parts of Africa or India? If a human parent behaved in that way, he said, at the very least, they would be accused of gross negligence!
Both of those thoughts impressed me, and over time, they have woven themselves together to form a backdrop for my concept of stewardship: In brief, God does not seem to intervene miraculously to accomplish what human beings can and should be accomplishing on their own, and secondly, (contrary to what my friend suggested), human tragedies like genocide, famine, global warming, and war are not indicative of the absence of God, but rather, they are indicative of human failure to live up to the God-given charge to be stewards of what God has made.Read the rest and share your ideas here.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/4174