Posted by: mcgurker | July 20, 2009

Hiking Thorough Scripture Part 4: Creation Care as Justice: Repairing, Restoring and Reconciling

Building on the knowledge that we are connected to all of Creation, this section of the Green Bible Trail guide takes us through places in scripture were we are called to do justice. Scripture passages for this journey are: Micah 6:1-8 Isaiah 58: 10-12 2 Corinthians 5: 14-21 Luke 10: 25-37 Matthew 25: 31-46 The first ministry God called us to was to till and keep, or serve and preserve God’s Creation (Genesis 2:15). Unfortunately, we have failed in this task and our failure, brought on by our recklessness and greed has forced many of our human sisters and brothers in to poverty. For this reason, God through the law and the prophets calls us to “do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8).

What does justice look like? Isaiah tells us, “If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom be like the noonday…Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in” (Isaiah 58: 10 and 12). Just as stewardship calls us to serve and preserve, Justice demands that we repair and restore. Through Christ’s death and resurrection the work of justice has begun. Indeed in Christ “everything has become new! All this is from God who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,…and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us.” (2 Corinthians 5: 17-19). With Christ as our example, we are called to continue the ministry of justice and reconciliation; fostering reconciliation within our communities and the entire creation.

The call to repair, restore and reconcile has never been more relevant. Climate change is threatening people living in poverty around the world who are less able to adapt to rising sea levels, droughts, heat waves and spreading disease. In the US, we are experiencing difficult economic times and many of our friends and neighbors have lost their jobs and are struggling to support themselves and their families. We can live out the ministry of justice and reconciliation by supporting green job projects that put Americans to work repairing our broken energy structure by building and installing solar energy panels, and weatherizing the homes of low income Americans. Clean and efficient technologies can also reduce global warming pollution and help ease the impacts of climate change. Find out about current projects at http://www.greenforall.org/splash.

 Right now we have an opportunity to invest stimulus money in projects that promote justice and foster reconciliation with in our communities and all of Creation. Talk to you local government officials to find out how you can support green jobs in your community.

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  1. […] tell us what happens when we reject God’s call to do justice by choosing to destroy rather than repair, restore and reconcile broken relationships and covenants. According to Isaiah 24:5 and 13, “Earth is polluted by its […]


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