Friday, August 14, 2015

Dangerous territory

The Sermon on the Mount is dangerous territory for Christians. That is where Jesus puts forth some of his most challenging instructions. They are such bold and transformative ideas that lots of church people think that we're really not supposed to take them literally. You know: "Blessed are the peacemakers" and "Love your enemies" and "Do not worry about tomorrow." 
Then it gets even harder. Eco-justice calls on us to look at those sorts of Bible passages -- and not just the Bible, but our own lives and the structures of our society, too -- from a perspective of concern for the whole Earth community. Faithful eco-justice is not about me and my salvation. Joy, justice and righteousness are found only when the whole of God's creation is brought into right relationship. 

(excerpt from Peter Sawtell, Eco-Justice Notes...See Peter's website:

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