Reflections

“The earth is the Lord's and everything in it, the world and all who live in it.”

Psalm 24:1

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking for your own interests but each of you for the interests of others. In your relationships with others, have the same mind as Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2: 3-5

From raging fires in Greece and California and western USA.

From scorching temperatures here and in southern Europe and beyond.

A seemingly endless drought is making life particularly difficult in Australia and Southern Africa.

It seems everywhere is struggling with the heat.

The world seems to getting hotter – and even burning up in places.

If this hot weather pattern continues then two big questions need to be answered quickly.

·       Is mankind responsible for it and, if so,

·       what are we going to do about it?

One recent scientific hypothesis which has caught my attention is the Gaia Principle, which proposes that living organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a synergistic and self-regulatingcomplex system that helps to maintain and perpetuate the conditions for life on the planet. It recognises this is a very fragile relationship. The continued neglect, abuse and exploitation of our natural resources could ultimately be catastrophic.

As Christians we know we are custodians of God’s kingdom around us. In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians he tells us that we, the people of God, are the body of Christ in this world. We are his instruments: the hands, the feet, the voices of prophecy and persuasion of the One who sends us.

But at the moment it doesn’t look like we’re doing a very good job.

But Paul writing is imploring us to live holy, pure and Christ-inspired lifestyles and to do that we need to change – and to do so dramatically.

Every little bit we do to save our planet; every measure to recycle, consume less and to act thoughtfully and compassionately is a gesture towards bringing us closer to that vision of Paul’s.

The less we waste, the more we re-cycle and the more we do to conserve our environment, the better it is for everybody.

 

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5;1-2

 

Chris