Healing Our World

We’re going through a series called ‘Wired For Greatness’. We talked about the fact that God did not create the earth to start a religion but to start a government. He created human beings, implanted with His divine nature, and He gave them an assignment and full authority to rule the earth on His behalf. So far we have discussed five of six sectors of society that we believe God is calling us to extend His influence in. Today we look at the 6th – Health and Environment

READ Romans 8:18-23

God says a lot about health in His Word. In the book of Leviticus, He teaches the nation of Israel how to manage infectious diseases, to dispose dead bodies, to have a healthy diet, and manage personal and communal hygiene. In the NT, Jesus, who is God in human form, comes to earth and makes healing a visible part of His ministry. For example, John 6:2 says ‘a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing the sick‘.

Since the days of the early church, the church has been very involved in praying for, treating and caring for the sick. Christians began movements and institutions to care for those who would have normally been outcasts in society; the lepers, the paralyzed and the mentally ill. In our own country, the early Christian missionaries played a huge role in establishing modern healthcare. 1 out of every 3 health facilities in our country today is faith based. Practically every division in this country has a faith based health center, dispensary or hospital. Famous hospitals like Tumutumu, Kikuyu, Chogoria, Kijabe and Tenwick were began by missionaries.

With health, ‘prevention is better than cure’. Prevention is mainly about taking care of one’s environment. In other words, if you want to keep sickness at bay, and if you want to keep the doctor away, take care of your where you stay! Many of us understand this at the immediate level. We keep our homes clean and have garbage collection. However, on a larger scale we’re not doing well with this House called the Earth; no wonder it fails to support our health and survival! Over the last three decades we are told, Kenya’s forest area has more than halved. At present, less than 2% of our country. Water resources have been polluted by agricultural chemicals and urban and industrial waste.  Plastic paper-bags have become our national flower, seen along all our highways!  Today’s erratic weather patterns mean more crop failures and droughts, hence death. It was said that the wars of the 21st C will be fought not over oil but over water. From floods in England, Tsunamis in Indonesia & Japan, hurricanes in the US .

It is clear that AS GOD’S REPRESENTATIVES, WE MUST CARE FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT. I can think of at least three reasons why…

  1. It is our job description: Gen.2:15 tells us that after creating Adam, ‘the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’. This was the first responsibility in our job description! Sadly, God’s delight in creation was disrupted by human sin. In Genesis 3, the ground was cursed because of human rebellion. Enmity occurred between humans and their environment. The bible says the whole of creation suffers from the consequences of human sin and groans painfully (like labor pains), hoping for the day of its liberation. In Jesus, God did not just come to rescue humans but to claim back everything that belonged to him (Col.1:19) Salvation is not just for humans but for all creation as well!
  2. It reveals our Father: The creation is a powerful witness of the existence of our Creator. Psa.19:1-4The heavens declare the glory of God, the fields proclaim the works of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech, night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world’. We serve a truly magnificent Creator! As Christians, we must care for our environment because it is a powerful witness to our Father’s existence. 
  3. It helps the poor: There is a saying that goes, “to hurt the earth is to hurt the poor.” The reality is that wealthy and middle class people are able to take care of their needs and adjust to environmental disasters; but they hurt the poor the most. The bible teaches us that God has a special heart for the poor, who are unable to speak up on their own behalf. Matt.25:40 says, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’. Christians, must care for creation because by doing so, we are also caring for the ‘least of these’.
How can we make a difference?
  1. Pray: start this week to pray about the environmental issues you see in your neighborhood.
  2. Start where you are: You can sign up your house-help for NSSF and make the monthly contributions. Save forests,like the Mau, through simple things like picking up trash, turning off the lights when you leave a room, reusing paper, reading documents online and conserving water. Also leave your house better than you found it!
  3. Work together: There’s power when we work with others. You could work with your Life Group to organize a clean-up campaign for your area, you can lobby your counselor/MP to use CDF funds to improve roads or drainage or security for your area.

I HAVE A DREAM…

For a low-cost clinic model that will be spread in all the slums of this country

That someone here will come up with an affordable medical insurance scheme for the poor

That care for the environment in this part of the world will be identified with Christians. That our generation will live in a clean city. That people will be able to tell the house of someone who attends Mavuno because of the beauty they see!

That all businesses run by Mavuno members will promote healthy environmental practices

That we will create food-security models that will be used in all low income areas (focus so far has been rural agriculture)

May the sons and daughters of God be revealed! May Creation rejoice because of the people of God of Mavuno. May we bring glory to our Creator, looking forward to that final day when the work of salvation will be complete and all things will be reconciled to the One who loves with an everlasting love.

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One Response to “Healing Our World”

  1. Thanks Pst. M for that gr8 sermon, I started to take the environment seriously when I came across the information that when I fall sick, it means that I am not in sync with the environment. If you want to know the way people treat each other look at how they treat their environment. It was evident that our lack of love for each other is evident in the way we destroy our environment, from water to forests and other natural resources. Because God commands us to love each other, if we do then it will be easier to extend it to the environment as well. Blsd

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