Posted by: jblevins | July 16, 2009

A New Creation

I recently returned from the Church of the Brethren’s Annual Conference, which happens to be the communion of which I am a member (it certainly didn’t hurt that this conference was in beautiful San Diego!).  But, the scripture for our time together has made me think ever since, and I wanted to share some of those thougths with you.

The conference centered on the words of 2 Corinthians 5:16-18:  “From now on, therefore, we regard noone from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, weknow him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

These verses for me sum up very nicely what the work of the church should be about, and what the work of the Eco-Justice Program office should be about. We are in the game of calling forth that new Creation. As we are in Christ, we are called to view the world with Christlike eyes, and participate in the ministry of reconciliation!

Sounds glorious, doesn’t it?  But it certainly isn’t always easy. It means the conversations are different for us than for those who don’t view the world through Christ-colored glasses. When we are discussing climate change, and what a faithful response should be, we focus on the impacts that affect the most impoverished among us, and that are harmful towards God’s Creation.  We recognize the need to live in a sustainable fashion with all that God called good.

It is from this world view that we work, and from which we operate as people of faith. It is our call – to see the world as God sees it, and to participate in the work of reconciling this world back to God.

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