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Friday, September 18, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

At the UN Bali conference an Indonesian Minister suggested that the world be allowed to ‘rest’ at least once a year, like a Day of Silence or the Hindu Nyepi (or indeed the Jewish Sabbath). He went on: “By conducting the ritual . . . we stop using electricity, motorised vehicles, air conditioners and factory machinery for at least one day.” But there was not one response from any of the foreign participants. The Western creed of 24/7 production and consumption allows no time for reflection – as is obvious in the way the media present our politics. Hence, while countless political leaders have said we must radically change the way we do things, in the political domain at least, it is business as usual.

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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+