Stewards of the land

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2005

I'm responding to several letters to the editor. This is the liveliest and most pertinent section of the paper, and should be expanded. It often puts me in a quandary, as recent letters have.

I agree with the geologist that we should develop resources, but the land is not one and the same thing, and we should not give it away. Here in Alaska we often see ourselves as owning the land. Fact is: The Lower 48 bought and paid for this land; we did not, except by virtue of our being a member of the public. We should fund the schools, but we all know that the land giveaway is a ruse in the interest of privatization concerns. Most of us are here to get the free access to public lands, due to loss of this freedom in the Lower 48. We should not forget our roots. We live in enigmatic times, where corporate and private interests operate under the guise of fundamentalism. They are not fundamental interests; they are the most radical of interests. Fact is: Genesis (God's word from a fundamentalist perspective) instructs us that man is made in God's image. He is not God; he does not own the Garden of Eden. He was created for and placed in a role of stewardship. This is God's word if we fundamentally believe the Bible. We live in a time of fundamentalism being used under many ruses for purposes that belie true fundamentalism. True fundamentalism would result in a very moral world. Fact is, we are living through an extremely amoral period of history, and we shall be known for our inequities. Morally, we should not abrogate our role of stewardship. We owe it to ourselves and posterity to be faithful to this Biblical role of man. Eden is not a construct; we are living in it. We are in very great danger of being thrown out of it, if we do not accept our God-given responsibility of stewardship. The snake in the tree of knowledge is a fact of life.

Billy L. Davenport

Juneau



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