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THAT FATAL POWER
You made them
over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
Psalm 8:6 (read 8:1-9) - NIV
We are the greatest! There are none better than us except
God, if there is one. We have occupied all the earth, and we even landed on the
moon! We control everything and destroy everything that displeases us. We
discovered the secrets of the atom and the DNA. With this knowledge, we
manipulate genes and modify the fauna and flora so they can serve us better. We
build nuclear weapons capable of destroying any enemy. We have changed the face
of the earth, turning forests into productive fields and wildernesses into
The psalmist viewed the universe and human beings
differently. He looked with humility and gratitude for having been given the
privilege of occupying a space in this great creation. He recognized that, even
with all of our might, we are nothing.
The "civilized" world has lost the
Psalmist's vision. It has lost the sense of wonder at the greatness and beauty
of creation. It does not realize that, with its technology, humanity is
becoming like a plague of locusts, consuming everything and heading for
Since the beginning of the written history of
"civilization", humanity chose to dominate and to conquer rather than
to care for and to protect. Competition speaks louder than solidarity. Its
story is a series of rises and falls of empires, each worse than the former.
The human being is constantly accumulating knowledge and technology and
increasing its frighteningly destructive power. Now it has the ability to
destroy the ecological system in a few hours simply by releasing a small
percentage of nuclear bombs that it has stored for its "protection".
Its production and consumption scheme is strangling the ecological system,
eliminating thousands of species of fauna and flora at an increasingly rapid
pace. It has become the most devastating force since the disaster 65 million
years ago that killed the dinosaurs along with more than 80% of life on the
planet. If there is no radical turning back in the direction that humanity is
heading, in a few decades the earth's as it is known today will be destroyed.
We are the only species with this terrible power. This
power is being used for destruction more than for caring. We are repeating the
feat the story of Adam and Eve when they were able to put an end their garden
of paradise. But they had where to go while we will not!
It may already be too late to reverse the
self-destructive process. The hope of mankind is to change its direction (repent):
to put caring in the place of achievement, to put community above empire and to
share rather than to accumulate. The Spirit of God gives power to care for
rather than to take away, to contribute to rather than to exploit and to BE
rather than to POSSESS. The psalmist had this spirit. He did not consider
himself to be the owner but rather a caretaker. Greatness was in the Creator,
not in the creature. Power becomes terrible and destructive when we use it to
dominate and to control in favor of ourselves. Self-aggrandizement leads to self-destruction
PSALM 8:1-9 – NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
Lord, our Lord,
is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
Through the praise of children and infants
established a stronghold against your enemies,
the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of
the moon and the stars,
have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;