Am I to be an Earth Keeper? Genesis 2:15 says “Yes” from the Get-Go

For those interested in the science, history, and politics (and ultimately, the theology) of the Ecological Crisis in this country, there is a major feature run by the New York Times Magazine this week:…/…/climate-change-losing-earth.html

This is a major “Doctrinal” issue for the church, in that this issue, and the outrageous denial and political battle it has precipitated, has blinded and divided the churches along partisan political lines in a way that I can only compare in scale to the issue of Slavery. We are seeing a mass choosing of economic privilege and conquest over the well-being of humans and the life that surrounds us and sustains us. Our Doctrine has neglected the Biblical message of how God “placed us” on the Earth to “till and to keep”. The very first “purpose” for humanity articulated in Scripture is to “keep” the Earth in the same sense as Cain spoke in his query to God : “Am I my brother’s keeper?” He sought to separate himself from that call to love, and claim that this was not his responsibility to look after and honor the life of his brother. We do that now with the Earth, and we ask God : “Are we to be “Earth Keepers”? The answer is clear: Yes, we are.

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.



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