first point of the Christian message is that God is in charge of
the world. He is the ruler, the supreme president, the king. Unlike
human rulers, however, God always does what is best for his subjects.
He is the kind of king youd like to be ruled by.
rules the world because he made the world. Like a potter with his
clay, God fashioned the world into just the shape he wished, with
all its amazing details. He made it, and he owns it.
also made us. God created people who were something like himself,
and put them in charge of the worldto rule it, to care for
it, to be responsible for it, and to enjoy all its beauty and goodness.
He appointed humanity to supervise and look after the world, but
always under his own authority, honouring him and obeying his directions.
can see this represented in the illustration above: God is the ruler
(the crown) and humanity is created to live in and rule Gods
world under Gods loving authority.
all sounds rather idealGod in heaven, people ruling the world
according to his directions, and everything right with the world.
But everything is very obviously not rightwith us or the world.