In a way, we humans are God’s investments. To each one of us He has
given abilities (talents) to maximize. Are we giving our Creator a
good return for His investment?
Because we have free choice, it is up to us to determine how we will
use our abilities: we can squander and self-indulge; or we can learn,
grow, and fulfill the purpose for which we were created.
In Genesis, God gives us humans the responsibility for taking care of
His creatures: we are to be good stewards (caretakers, managers) of His
earth and all that is in it. Would you say that most of those “made in
His image” have done a good job? Judging from the deterioration of the
environment, wars, and enormous escalation of cruelty and slaughter of
billions of His nonhuman animals, the answer is “no.”
In Jesus’ parable in Matthew 25, “talent” refers to the monetary unit
of that time. This parable is about a man about to leave on a journey
and who entrusts each of his three slaves with talents (money) according
to their abilities: Five talents for the first slave, two for the
second, and one for the third. The one who was entrusted with five
talents, traded with them and gained five more. Likewise, the one with
two talents, gained two more; but the slave with one, hid it for
safekeeping until the master’s return. With this short story Jesus
illustrates that those who put their gifts to good use will be rewarded
but those who don’t, will be punished.
Unless humans change course and start taking care of God’s earth and
all His creatures, both human and nonhuman, they will destroy
themselves. Is that the return we want to give God for his investment?
The best, most effective way to reverse this downward spiral is to
start living by God’s original intent as plainly stated in Genesis 1:29:
29. Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding
seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has
fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”
It’s time to take responsibility. Wishful thinking and allowing
ourselves to be led astray by those who are blinded by their own greed
and corruption must stop. The solution is very simple: Go Vegan!