Many people still fail to see the environmental implications of the resurrection of Jesus. Take this comment for instance.
Nowhere in the New Testament is sin, salvation, or the gospel ever defined in terms of corporate ecological responsibility. Rather than being consumed with the things of this earth, believers are commanded to focus on the life to come.
You can read the full comment here, but I just want to draw attention to the blind spots embedded in just these sentances alone.
- Firstly, why is the questioning of mindless consumption, the content of much environmental debate, so incompatable with moving on from “being consumed with the things of this earth” as this person advocates? Is the connection between environmental exploitation, greed and sin so difficult to see?
- Secondly, are we not called to live out the life to come in the now? Does not the live to come involve a restoration of relationship between God, creation and creatures?