GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL AND SEEING GOD'S PURE ENVIRONMENT

AS I WRITE, oil is still pouring from a well in the Gulf of Mexico after an explosion destroyed the drilling rig. The growing slick has reached the US Gulf Coast, threatening human and wildlife habitats and fisheries as well as migrating birds and other creatures. Many people have been working hard to protect these areas, and despite serious technical challenges, others have been trying to cap the well, and to contain or burn off some of the oil. So far, however, complete solutions haven't come to light.

When such environmental crises occur, the problem can loom so large that it takes effort just to get past the reports and a mesmeric sense of hopelessness, and begin to pray. Yet Christ Jesus said that turning to God can change outcomes, even when disaster seems inescapable. As he put it, "With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible" (Mark 10:27). And he proved this by healing seemingly hopeless cases, even raising people from the dead. This truth can also bring healing to a severely threatened environment.

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