Say that we were a tenant living in an apartment.
We were found guilty of violating our lease.
The landlord has legal grounds to evict us before our lease has ended.
We are also horrible at keeping the apartment clean to the point that it is becoming a public health hazard to ourselves.
Which case takes priority?
Seeking forgiveness from the landlord or cleaning up our apartment?
If we were to try to clean up our apartment without seeking forgiveness from the landlord, we would be kicked out of our apartment once the landlord saw fit to do so. We would be leaving our now clean apartment for another to inhabit, but we ourselves would be out of luck.
The priority should be to seek forgiveness from the landlord, not just on keeping the apartment clean. While we should devote some of our time to cleaning up our apartment, we should devote the rest of our time to getting back on good terms with our landlord so the apartment remains ours to keep.
Not only that, but the landlord would actually help us out once we’re back on good terms with him. This landlord would go the extra distance and help us clean up our apartment.
- God entrusted the earth to mankind to steward for His glory and for our benefit.
- We have been terrible at taking care of it the best way we know how.
- For all intents and purposes, He can evict us from the earth and start anew.
- However He sent Jesus to be the means by which we can be forgiven of our violations of our lease.
- Once we seek reconciliation with Him, the earth would remain ours and the world would be renewed starting with our moral transformation.
However much our science can help us manage our resources better (and they have), they still do not hold a candle to the possibilities that God has in store should we enlist His aid. He currently is not legally bound to help all of us, since much of our neighbors still remain in a state of rebellion against Him. They remain at war with God until they accept the peace treaty that is Christ Jesus.
So if you were to ask me why Christians prioritize the preaching of the gospel, it is because getting back on good terms with our landlord takes priority since He has legal rights to evict us from our planet for breaking our lease with Him. He graciously provided a means by which we could be reconciled with Him and through a renewed legal contract, He would be legally obligated to help us with our problems, even as we do what we can to solve them on our own. God is our greatest ally, why should we not do what we can to enlist His aid?