Thursday, June 17, 2010

From the dust of the ground















Wow! Has it really been this long? Where has the time gone?

I'm sure the two or three people who actually read this thing have gone bye-bye by now, but since I'll be starting school in a few weeks I thought I'd try to get back into it--for my own benefit if nothing else. Who knows...I may even be able to visit some of my friends' sites now and then!
So, for me and anyone who cares....

I was sent the following quote (among others) in an email and felt compelled to say a quick something in response:

"The inconvenient truth is that we share this planet with the rest of creation for a very good reason--and that is, we cannot exist on our own without the intricately balanced web of life around us. Islam has always taught this and to ignore that lesson is to default on our contract with creation."--Prince Charles of England

Prince Charles, I believe, understands what many "christians" do not--that we are to be responsible with God's creation. Ignoring his reference to Islam and his language of "contract with creation", his point about the importance of "balance" with the Created Order is spot-on. The Bible speaks of this "balance" as Shalom, which I've defined elsewhere something like this: the state of harmony within the created order in which every created thing finds itself in perfect conformity to itself and its created function, and therefore relates with integrity (in truth) to every other created thing thereby bringing about the mutual flourishing of all things. This is the fulness of the Biblical meaning of "Peace".

As I've stated elsewhere in this blog, Shalom is the state of creation that was only typified in Eden. But since the purpose of God (Father, Son and Spirit) from the beginning (from before the beginning, actually) was to have the creation (all things) consummated (or brought into ultimate being) in the person of Christ (through His incarnation), shalom is a reality that is fulfilled only in Christ. As the "state-of-being" for the Christian, shalom is fulfilled in principle now in our union with Him. Shalom will be fully established existentially within the entire Cosmos at His return with the "new heavens and new earth" (which I've previously stated is a reference, I believe, to the ultimate redemption and recovery of this creation).

In our use of creation, therefore, we (all of humanity, but especially, I would argue, Christians) are to be responsible stewards of creation as those who bear God's image and seek to live in this world with integrity (in truth); as those who understand the goodness of this "balance" within the created order and seek to honor God by honoring His creation. We don't "worship Mother Earth", as some religious naturalists speak, but we recognize and live in the reality that we as human beings, though the pinnacle of creation as "image-bearers", are nonetheless a part of creation who, like the animals, were also created "from the dust of the ground".

Would that all Christians recognize what Prince Charles does and be better stewards of God's "good" creation.

5 comments:

thekingpin68 said...

'Wow! Has it really been this long? Where has the time gone?'

Somewhere over the rainbow?

'I'm sure the two or three people who actually read this thing have gone bye-bye by now, but since I'll be starting school in a few weeks I thought I'd try to get back into it--for my own benefit if nothing else. Who knows...I may even be able to visit some of my friends' sites now and then!
So, for me and anyone who cares....'

Yea, you are from the Dall...I mean Denver right?

I am Russ, that theology/bouncer looking guy from BC.

Speaking of which, my good friend Charles from Pennsylvania, now California, came over in March for dinner before moving back to the Excited States of Americana, leaving the Socialist Paradise of Canada and Beautiful British Columbia, 'The Best Place on Earth' according to our provincial government.

We were discussing where I could go in the USA for work and I mentioned California, Florida, and Arizona among other places. The subject of Denver came up, and he said (paraphrased) 'Don't go there the people there are crazy.' I thought well...that is at least a little harsh and generalized and I told him that they cannot be all bad as they did turn down the Olympics. He thought that was cool. During the Olympics he had to stop driving out of downtown Vancouver because roads were closed.

My assistant pastor from church said Denver was a cool place, better than Dallas.

School? Are you crazy?

'Ignoring his reference to Islam'

Watch out for the Jeff.

'shalom is a reality that is fulfilled only in Christ. As the "state-of-being" for the Christian, shalom is fulfilled in principle now in our union with Him.'

Yes.

God bless, GGM and family.

Russ:)

satire and theology said...

Very good photo.

Great Googly Moogly! said...

Thanks Russ. I added a second picture that is supposed to express "shalom". How do you like it?

And yes, Denver is very cool...I'm here!! :-)

I hope to be visiting your sites again soon.

GGM

thekingpin68 said...

Excellent blue photo.

Bob Ross could not do better.

thekingpin68

With the LDS post an active LDS member indicated she could not trust me and that I lacked integrity after could not answer me sufficiently.

Figures. Hit and run.

Daij mentions the issue of race and the LDS.

122 comments.

Rick B went at her, and kept it up on her blog.

Why Rebellion?

My latest.

Jeff and I discuss James.

There may be a Islam debate brewing with a newer commenter.


satire and theology:

Classic statements (If I were famous)

My latest.

I reason a former FB 'friend' is the secular philosophy student that stated I have a little brain.

Hit and run. Figures.

Rick is critical of Daij and Zombie.

Zombie debates Rick B concerning judgmental Christianity.

I further discuss James with Jeff.

I should have an online fan club.;)

'Love me tender,
Love me sweet,
Never let me go.'

Yea nothing happened in your absence. A bunch of trouble you skipped.

My floaters are gone...

satire and theology said...

Actually that blue water photo would go fantastic with my blog colours;)...but Exodus 20:15 and 17 prevents me from doing something about it.

Russ;)