John Rogers has shared this article about climate change.
It is an extract from an article in Partnership Perspectives No 72 Summer 2021 pp26 (LHS) by Stephen McQuoid, former principal of Tilsley Christian college, Motherwell.
Our best response to the environmental movement is to engage, but do so on the basis of a theologically robust position. Below is a summary of what that the theological basis may look like
- There is one God who is Creator
- The material world is created and will one day be renewed
- God is distinct from his creation; he is not nature
- Nature has been corrupted by the Fall and needs renewal
- The future blessing of all creation is bound up in the redemption by the cross
- As stewards of God’s creation, it is our duty to care for that creation and to do so in a balanced way expressing all the values of our faith
Our cosmology* in the Twenty First Century is very different to that of the ancient psalmist but the fundamental truth is the same – God is Creator, Redeemer and Renewer. We trust His Son, Jesus Christ, and obey and worship Him in the power of His Holy Spirit. We are stewards and God has entrusted us to nurture and cultivate His Creation in His name.
Praise God for His abundant goodness. We, as a species, need to repent of our self-seeking greedy and thoughtless ways – God will forgive.
*cosmology – field of study that brings together the natural sciences, particularly astronomy and physics, in a joint effort to understand the physical universe as a unified whole. (Britannica online)
Biblical cosmology is the biblical writers‘ conception of the cosmos as an organised, structured entity, including its origin, order, meaning and destiny. The Bible was formed over many centuries, involving many authors, and reflects shifting patterns of religious belief; consequently, its cosmology is not always consistent. The ancient Israelites envisaged the universe as a flat disc-shaped Earth floating on water, heaven above, underworld below.(Wikipedia)