Treasure the Earth – Hope for Creation
– continuing our focus on the fifth Mark of Mission.
“Greed, selfishness and huge inequality is a major contributor to the unfolding environmental catastrophe that now is facing us through the over-exploitation of the earth’s resources…. We are part of an idolatrous economic system with a primary goal to make money, failing to properly value creation or people but, in so doing, destroying the planet that we depend upon and that has been entrusted to us by God to look after.”
You can read the full text of today’s sermon (as well as the following discussion questions) here or by following the ‘Download PDF’ link on the sermons archive page.
Questions for us to respond to:
1. How far have we individually progressed in “ecological conversion” – which is when the effects of our encounter with Jesus become evident in our relationships with the world around us?
2. Does our following of Jesus provide us with a real quality of modern life in ways that higher incomes and consumerism cannot? Or are we still trying to serve two masters, and in so doing missing out of the peace and contentment that Jesus offers?
3. How should we respond practically to the Tragedy of the Commons?
For example, if we have more than our fare share of resources (animals in the parable) we would need to give our excess directly to the poor, or else someone rich might add them to their herd, making the poor poorer.
4. What do we need to do to live simply so that others may simply live?
5. What should we do with all the excess “stuff” our lives and homes are filled with?
6. Does our love of God, of our neighbours and of creation itself motivate us in the spritual battle to live more simply and sustainably, share the good news of Jesus, and challenge the destructive deceptions of the pursuit of false (and environmentally damaging) sources of well-being based in selfish consumerism?