I spoke at church (Ranges Community Church) this morning about a topic I am attempting to learn more about and integrate into my life – care of creation. Particularly apt because today was National Tree Planting Day. The following is some of my sermon notes (requested by Scott). Somehow I also managed to find a way to use a Dora the Explorer DVD – that’s what happens when you spend most of your time with a 2 year old and a 3 year old!
The prevailing understanding of biblical texts and Christian traditions has been defined by its concentration on the relationship between humanity and God. As a result there has been little attention to the environment in which this relationship takes place. A close look at Scripture reveals that the natural world is also in relationship with God and must be included in a discussion of discipleship and God’s salvation purposes.
We need to think of the earth as God sees the earth.
It becomes increasingly clear that the Scriptures demonstrate God as being intimately involved in the natural world.
All of God’s creation is important to Him, down to the last sparrow and blade of grass. The story of mankind in the bible begins in a garden and ends in a restored garden. The first commission to God’s people is found in the opening chapters of Genesis to be caretakers of creation.
There are lots of moments when God commits and recommits himself to creation and the redemption of creation and caring for the environment.
The Green Bible. There are 490 references to heaven and 530 references to love in Scripture. There is, however, over 1000 that refer to earth or creation.
Within the covenant found in Genesis 9 and because of this covenant we realise that God thinks that creation is important. We realise how precious God considers life to be – all life – and how much God treasures his creation of earth.
There can be no doubt that God is concerned with, involved with, and places value on creation. All living creatures have inherent value for they have been created by God.
The bible clearly teaches that non-human creation has intrinsic value simply because it was created by God, not due to its usability or subservience to humans. God loves the world (John 3:16).
The non-human elements have value because the Creator of the cosmos deems them necessary for life. God’s concern embraces not only individual men, women and children, but also the physical and biological environment which sustain their lives, and the social, economic, political and intellectual structures that shape the forms of their existence.
Creation care, in practical terms, includes making lifestyle decisions that do not put unnecessary demands on the environment and working towards renewing and respecting the earth. Creation care theology recognises that Christ’s redemption reaches to all of creation and that God is intimately involved in the earth.
Finished by looking at my ‘Personal Theology of Care of Creation’ that I had to write for a class last semester which can be found here https://measuredwords2.wordpress.com/2009/05/22/oops/.