You perhaps know by now that Floyd County is on the map of the proposed route of a large inter-state natural gas pipeline.
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This has been rightly identified as an issue of stewardship appropriate for consideration by congregations across the county.
Heck–given the large number of churches in Floyd County, odds are it could very well be that one of those churches might have a 42″ pipe coming right down the middle aisle and out through the narthex.
Christians have a dog in this fight. How we use or abuse creation is not an inconsequential after-thought in either Old or New Testaments. We cannot be silent by-standers in this matter of servanthood and not be seen as hypocrites.
The churches can provide an appropriate setting for discussion and information-sharing about the risks and costs of the pipeline to church properties including cemeteries.
They can host discussions about how to peacefully but firmly confront the first agents who request access to properties.
They can educate congregations on how to be wise and faithful servants in general in the use of the resources over which they have been given responsibility, and in particular, about the complex issues involved in resisting eminent domain or mitigating damages to our community if the pipeline cannot be stopped altogether.
SO: If you have a church affiliation in Floyd County, please consider bringing this issue ASAP to your minister, sunday school teachers, board of elders or another appropriate entry point.
Begin having these discussions right away while time remains to do what’s right in this important future-changing issue confronting all of us.