UPON REFLECTION “TOGETHERNESS”
“I am a people watcher who finds that God and my faith has touched many, many lives.’
A Scot by birth and a retired Vicar of Rothwell and Rector of Rushton. Burgon is also a Governor of the Jesus Hospital, Alms houses in Rothwell and Chair of the Orton Trust and takes an active interest in local affairs and having served as chaplain to the Mayor of Kettering on 3 separate occasions. George now lives in Barton Seagrave with his wife they have three daughters and six grandchildren.
The recent spate of pollution making us cough and sneeze came from the Sahara Desert and not from the usual homemade carbon emissions. It made me think once again of how inter-connected we are to other parts of the world. Climate change and environmental concerns are major issues today and they are not going to go away even if we do choose to bury our head in the sands! We need one another not only to survive but to enjoy the wonderful creation God has given us to look after. What is true of the environment and the weather is also true in international trade and finance. The local shop or bank or pub is a microcosm of our world as indeed we all are because without others life would not be worth living. A quick look at one’s wedding ring or tea pot or motor car or Easter egg reminds us of that truth. The fantastic growth in communication technologies is also a wonderful way to bring people together, breaking down barriers in society and enabling “nations to speak peace unto nations”. However we lose out on our integrity if we do not address “the green agenda” in our ways of looking at the world which is our home. Neither can we shy away from personal duties or public moral responsibilities such as human rights in our dealings with one another. The exploited factory worker in some faraway Asian city is as much a member of the human family as we all are. In the Bible, one of the first defiant questions from man to God was “am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is always “yes” whether we like it or not, simply because we are all bound up with one with another. In the same way it does matter that the forests of Brazil or the grazing plains of Africa or the jungles of Malaya are being exploited and destroyed forever. Shrinking ice caps and polluted seas not only affect our climate but the sources of food. The delicate balances of nature are being tilted by the greedy and the result is an ever growing army of the needy. Many beautiful creatures in the animal kingdom have already disappeared for ever and our world is poorer for that irretrievable loss. We have not been acting as good stewards of the world God has given to us to look after. The “Noah’s Ark” outlook may make money for Hollywood but it is no solution to our past narrow-minded irresponsibility. We need to renew our understanding of the rainbow symbol before it too is snuffed out by our dusty and outdated short sightedness.