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Friday, October 16, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

A poll of 8,000 adults by YouGov found that 80% of people would consider recycling more, while 33% might use public transport more. The cost of running a car, fears about congestion, faster and more reliable buses and trains were all more likely to persuade people to use public transport than any fears about air pollution or climate change. Top of people’s priority problems was the state of the economy followed by fear of crime, the state of the NHS, the education system and levels of taxation. Environmental issues were below all of them. The findings provoke questions about the wisdom of promoting “environment” as an issue in itself when the real issue may be the impact of ever more people on diminishing resources.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+