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Luke 16 is one of Jesus’ many parables about stewardship. A lot of people slide past this chapter of Luke because it isn’t easy to disentangle, but far from giving approval to "sharp financial practice’, Jesus is actually saying it’s a pity we do not take as much care in preparing for eternity as some people do in pulling strings for their earthly future.
“Now this is a stinging parable because we do not like the thought that how we use our earthly wealth matters to God. We want to think that this money is ours and that how we use our possessions and our money is strictly our choice and has no bearing on our souls. But Jesus is giving us a sharp reminder that the use of our money and possessions does matter to God.” from a sermon by Brent Kercheville
Man was given stewardship over many things, including his body, his talents, his relationships, his posessions and this earth. Time after time in parables Jesus emphasizes that we shall be held accountable for how we have looked after the things we have here on earth. He actually talked far more about stewardship of earthly things than he ever did about heaven – but most people don’t want to notice that.
Right now, by mass destruction of forest cover, we are adding the final touches to our desecration of this beautiful planet. I will say no more here, except that we will be held accountable for this (probably far sooner than we expect). If you think I am exaggerating, see my earlier posting of this image: The Bleeding of the Land .
For a National Geographic article on this topic see HERE .