Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Bloom'in Marvellous!

If the good news is good news for all creation and if we are created to enjoy and care for all things then its no wonder 'Shalom'/Peace, Kingdom, Gospel etc, all the way through the bible, include the 'land'. However distant we may feel these days (post industrialisation, globalisation) from 'nature' we were created and therefore remain intricately and intimately connected to our planet. Ignoring that is kicking ourselves in the butt - global warming, deforestation etc etc etc.

Even more concerning is the fact that the very people who we are identifying as the primary beneficiaries of the good news, and those that we meet God in meeting the needs of - the outsiders, powerless, dispossessed and disenfranchised - are the same communities that these issues impact most (sub Saharan Africa, Bangladesh etc).

Here's a site that might help us act in and for our planet (that the bible clearly tells us is our responsibility) in a responsible way.

"Want to know what actions can have the biggest impact on your carbon emissions? Bloom helps you choose actions tailored to your home and lifestyle, then lets you compare them by how much CO2 they save, how cheap they are or how easy other Bloomers have found them."

And here's why!

Gen 1:26 God spoke: "Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth."

Hosea 4: 1-3 - Hear the word of the LORD, you Israelites, because the LORD has a charge to bring against you who live in the land:

"There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land.
There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.


Dee said...

Thanks for the reminder - couldn't get stuff up on that site though but will try again!

DS said...

Great to have you on again - looking forward to your comments /posts?

Link seems ok today

Also - do you remember

- maybe we could sign up to a couple of things on there to keep us on track?

DS said...

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. When we do it knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, destructively, it is a desecration.

- Wendell Berry
The Gift of Good Land