Faith

A conversation with a very close friend and devout christian asked me in the midst of a conversation, of what seemed to be gloom and doom on my part: “do I think God would let the world be destroyed? I thought for a moment feeling the weight and trappings of such a question and replied: “life will go on with or with out man kind”.

As christians we put a lot of weight on “faith” but often forget some of our actions or lack of, is the indirect or direct cause of our own demise. “We and our” in the past sentence can speak to the individual or the society as a whole. With faith we are quick to invest in the markets on Wall Street which now doubt has brought us wonderful advancements in civilization, yet has turned to a money machine for a few elite which generates $55-million bonus for the CEO of Goldman Sachs and a $400-million severance package for the outgoing Exxon CEO. ( Tasch, pg 134) . With faith we can trust that God is creating and implementing the solution while we continue to contribute to the problem. (see future blogs for some examples)

So “FAITH” without action is nothing more then absence of awareness or an ability to wear blinders.

 

 

Tasch, Woody. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Pub., 2010. Print.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area

This past week I was in the Boundary Waters on a canoe trip. Great beauty and the perfect encounter with nature. As I was looking around and admiring the beauty, peace and harmony, I found my thoughts drifting back home to all the possessions I have. Then I thought of our forefathers who were absent of many if not most of the items we have. So as my thoughts pondered the realization that everything we have… comes to us via the earths resources. .

As resources get used up and depleted, could future generations, in the name of economic growth, jobs creation and revenue for the state put such places as the Boundary Waters at risk?

Southwestern states have already approached MN to create a pipe line from Lake Superior which was thankfully denied. But interestingly enough, According to the Cook County News Herald, Governor Mark Dayton included a $3.6 million Bonding Bill for the creation of a pipe line from Lake Superior to the Lutsen Mountains.

Charles Skinner explained to the Lutsen Town Board at its Tuesday, January 17 meeting that the development of a pipeline from Lake Superior to Lutsen Mountains and a water treatment facility would serve three purposes. He said the water drawn from Lake Superior would be used for snowmaking, for irrigation at Superior National at Lutsen golf course, and for drinking water for the resorts and condominium associations in the water district.

Not a big deal you say, lots of water….When and how did they decide that enough trees were cut down or did they strip the land?