Some religious groups, such as the National Coalition of American Nuns, are calling for followers to refrain from drinking bottled water. They say a God-given resource such as water is not something to be packaged and sold while access to drinking water is so scarce in the poorest regions of the world. Water should be free for all, they say. Bottled-water advocates say targeting bottled-water companies is misguided, given the many products that use water, and will not lead to solutions to resource scarcity in poor regions of the world. What do you think?
I disagree that God-given resources should not be "packaged and sold," since ultimately everything in this world is a God-given resource with spiritual significance. Of course, we have a responsibility to safeguard the resources entrusted to us, but I believe that God expects us to enjoy and partake in the bounty of the world He created. So long as we behave responsibly, we have a right to capitalize on any particular resource, make an honest living, and provide for our families.