• The Cross & Climate Change: Introduction

    Posted by The Hope For Creation Team

    25 November, 2013

    For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him [Jesus], and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:19-20)

    Too often, Christians hold apart that which should never be separated (theology and practice, discipleship and devotion) and become “practical dualists” or “virtual gnostics”, disregarding “secular” or “worldly” issues, and denying value to the physical world and the issues that impact on God’s creation.

    However, God’s redeeming grace in the incarnation, death and resurrection of Christ makes this kind of dualistic thinking impossible. In Christ, we see the perfect union of the physical and the spiritual, of heaven and earth, God and Man.

    For Christians, the cross is central. The idea that God came down from his throne to be enthroned on the cross, dying for the sins of the world has been the heart of Christian theology for twenty centuries. In Jesus’ death and resurrection we know that God was reconciling all things to himself. This includes the non-human world, twisted by human sin, as well as humans twisted by their own sin.

    In a series of 8 posts (including this one), we want to explore these connections through Jesus’ “seven words from the cross”. We will ask what the cross might have to say to us about climate change and how the Crucified and Risen One might be calling us to respond.

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    This blog is part of an eight part series on 'The Cross & Climate Change' originally posted by Hope for Creation. You can read the other blogs in this series here.