Gus Speth, an American environmental lawyer and advocate said: “I used to think the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that with 30 years of good science we could address these problems. But I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with those we need a spiritual and cultural transformation, and we scientists don’t know how to do that.” [Shared Planet: Religion and Nature, BBC Radio 4 (1 October 2013)]
King David wrote in Psalm 24 verse 1: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
Gus Speth and King David together are laying a huge amount of responsibility at the feet of Christians and the church! As the followers of Christ, we are called to be good and faithful stewards of our environment! We are to protect, and wisely manage God’s Creation that it will flourish, and sustain and enrich life, and that way glorify God!
After all, how can we love the Lord with all that we are and have if we do not care for what belongs to Him? And how do we demonstrate our love for our neighbour if we do not care for the world that should sustain them too?
Jesus overcame sin (selfishness, greed and apathy are part of that too!) by His love for God’s world, giving Himself for it all, we included! We are called to love one another and our world as he loved us. How can we manifest that love here at SSCB in practical ways towards our God, neighbour, and environment?
We are inviting all who are interested to start discussing what we as a church family can do to become more conscious of and caring for our environment.
Join our Zoom meeting at 20:00 on Wednesday, 12 May to chat and pray on this topic and share our thoughts with one another. Zoom link will be provided in the newsletter as usual. If you would like further information, please contact Emma D through the church office: firstname.lastname@example.org