Thursday, March 01, 2007,9:16 AM
Creation Care
I recently came across a short article by N.T. Wright that explores why Christians should care for God's creation. Read it here.

I like how he acknowledges that how we view the environment is often wrapt up in our eschatology. Of course political and economic leanings play a big role as well, but its easier to trash the world if the point is to leave it for the pie in the sky when we die. But Wright questions that excuse by comparing it to a view of sin. He says, "If I said, well, I find it difficult to struggle against sin – but one day God will save me and make me totally his, so why bother in the present? – if I said something like that, every pastor worth their salt would tell me that what God intends to do with me in the future must be anticipated, as best I can in the power of the Spirit, by me in the present."

As was stated over and over again at the recent Academy Awards, caring for the environment - caring for God's creation - is a moral, not political, issue. It is an act of worship to God, a way to show our love to him. That's why I really don't get the people who accuse (and hence write off) environmentalists of loving the creation more than the creator. Showing love for the creation is a way of loving the creator. Do we accuse Mother Teresa of loving the poor more than she loved God and therefore say what she did was wrong?

When our theology (be it opinions about end times or the date of creation), or politics, or our consumerism become an excuse to hurt God and his creation there is something seriously wrong.

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9 Comments:


  • At 3/01/2007 12:12:00 PM, Blogger gerbmom

    Uh-oh - you'd better be careful what you post or Jerry Falwell will also be calling you a "proselytizer for Satan" for distracting us from our real job - evangelism. Enviromentalism be damned. Cuz you know in 100 years no one will care anyway....
    And, Oh, God will make sure the earth's resources are sufficient for all of us until his return. So there is no need to be environmental. Wasting time we would better be using witnessing...
    Environmentalism. Global Warming.
    They're a ploy. A distraction. A Myth.
    Buy an SUV. :)
    Gotta love this guy......;)

     
  • At 3/01/2007 02:20:00 PM, Anonymous Rick Meigs

    Great post Julie. Creation Care is also to express Gods love for others through us. Foul air, polluted water, and a poisoned land harm the poor more than the rich.

     
  • At 3/01/2007 02:54:00 PM, Blogger kent

    If I remember correctly we were called to be stewards of the earth long before we called to do anything else (evangelism included). I do not see anything in the biblical record that tells us that what God intended in Genesis 2 has be revoked. If our stewardship of this world and its riches are going to be examined we have some explaining to do. A "use and toss" mentality has never been biblical.

     
  • At 3/01/2007 03:31:00 PM, Blogger Shawn

    Enjoyed reading your blog, Thanks ;)

     
  • At 3/01/2007 09:16:00 PM, Blogger sushil yadav

    The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.


    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.


    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.



    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.



    Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

    Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

    A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

    A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.



    To read the complete article please follow either of these links :

    PlanetSave

    EarthNewsWire

    sushil_yadav

     
  • At 3/02/2007 02:33:00 PM, Blogger Secret Rapture

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  • At 3/03/2007 03:47:00 PM, Blogger John Lynch

    I like the term, "creation care". Thanks for this post, sista!

     
  • At 3/05/2007 03:37:00 AM, Blogger Searching For a Meaning

    A thought provoking statement and analysis of the situation that we find ourselves in.

    The dilemma's of modern day life and the debates of others.

     
  • At 3/05/2007 11:32:00 AM, Blogger Julie

    The command to take care of the earth is the earliest one - given at the same time as the be fruitful and multiply one (which is really popular among the same groups that say we don't have a responsibility to take care of the earth).

     

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