Immersed in Christ: Thursday, August 5, 2021
Jesus speaks in several places of accountability, especially in the context of stewardship.
We are accountable, first of all, for our personal lives: “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter” (Matthew 12:36, and read all of the “Sermon on the Mount,” chapters 5 to 7).
Because we are created in the image of God, our stewardship includes both dominion over and responsibility for everything God has created. Accountability for the environment, for example, is a basic moral imperative.
We are especially responsible and accountable for the well-being of other human beings. We are required to address both the causes and the effects of all injustice and all callousness to human suffering. But as Christians we are asked even more. We are responsible for recognizing and responding to all who are “in Christ,” loving them, not just as fellow members of the human race, but as true children of our common Father in grace, members of the divine body of Christ on earth, and as Christ himself.