On Earth Day we are going off-lectionary. Here is the scripture text and the notes/theme. If you have ideas, comments, or suggestions to share, please click the link at the bottom of this entry that says “click here to comment” and leave your comment there. Thanks!
The LSG (the Bible Study where we talk about these texts) meets every Tuesday at noon in the lounge. You are welcome to join us!
Paul wrote: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
We agreed that there’s a lot going on in Paul, and it’s not always easy to figure out what he’s talking about. This Sunday being Earth Day and all, our conversation focused on the idea that the redemption of creation and the redemption of humanity are tied together. “Creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God…” In other words, creation is waiting for us to get our act together. As long as we continue to live fearful and selfish lives, we will continue to hold creation in “bondage” and creation will continue to “groan with eager longing.” But if we begin living as children of God, if we can move beyond our fear and selfishness to hope and compassion, then there’s real hope for the redemption of our world. So: recycle, yes. And vote, yes. But also: live as a child of God, with hope and compassion, and invite others to live that way, too.