Mission of GOD – 6

environmentalism –  as a movement, or an articulated concept is a fairly recent idea. The idea that we need to look after the place, environment and planet that we live in is hardly new. In fact it was a great unwritten rule and only when we developed the technology to destroy our environment did its protection become a topic of discussion.

There has been a recent explosion in writing and talking about how we protect the place where we live and how our lifestyles impact it.

This has got a lot of attention in both secular and Christian circles.

Here Chris Wright gives a theological articulation of what GOD’s mission is in relation to the earth itself.

The obvious place to begin is Genesis where we are told that the earth was created and that it was good.

He goes on to talk about the important distinction that was stated in Israel’s belief about the physical environment – that it was sacred but not divine. This was of course one of many things that set them apart from the nations around them who typically divinised the earth, the moon etc…

The earth itself is a part of GOD’s mission. The great redemption and “making new” that GOD is doing includes the creation. We will not be siphoned off as spirits to be with GOD. GOD comes to be with us and is making all things – both our bodies and the creation around us – new.

If this is how GOD’s mission relates to the earth then that affects how we as the people of GOD relate to it. If we are trying to build the Kingdom of GOD then how we treat the physical environment is important.

to avoid overconsumption and unnecessary waste…

And we as the great consumers on our planet shoulder perhaps the biggest responsibility for change.

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