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Monday, March 8, 2010

Reflections on Ryan Bolger's Blog

I was doing some research on creating social change modelled on Jesus (with a view to using the information to help the environment) when I stumbled on a rather interesting blog - Check out the following posts:
This second part made me begin thinking about how we might 'move past the gate keepers' with the environmental movement. Actually, in many ways, I think that is what the work I am doing is about. After the CPRS arguments and the Copenhagen disappointment, it is obvious we can't look to the government (the gate keepers) to lead environmental change. Instead, I am working with churches, individuals and communities to help them to make the changes needed on their own, and to reach a tipping point where the government has no choice but to act or to become irrelevant.
These blogs about continuing the work of Jesus and working towards the Kingdom as the primary work of the church reminded me about how I feel about the environmental movement within the church. You see, for me, caring for creation is not a side issue for churches or a distraction, it is about bringing about God's kingdom on earth, and thus central to our mission. I believe that as the children of God, we are commissioned to work as God's hands and feet in restoring creation and bringing about an end to her groaning and pain. We are to work towards a new earth, so that God might finish our labours through the earthing of heaven. Thus we must not grow weary of working for the Lord and caring for his creation.
Again, the church can be this group outside the media and political establishment who can be mobilised to create change.

I hope you have fun looking around the site and I'm sure you will find it useful.

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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+