Accommodating the Symbols

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  • Ecclesiastes 3

Christian ecological teachers Loren and Mary Ruth Wilkinson consider two significant

The most remarkable image presently is the image of the earth from space … But that picture of the planet appears to hold for some today their solitary any desire for completeness. Singular life, they state, is unimportant; what checks is the strength of the planet …

Christians also are moved by these photos of our planet, however are not persuaded that our solitary expectation is in the planet's wellbeing … Our expectation is fixated on another image, the cross. The cross communicates God's uplifting news to people.

Is the cross uplifting news for the remainder of creation also? Will the two images—of the earth (a circle) and the cross—be accommodated? Can there be such an incredible concept as a "Christian earthy person?" We are persuaded the response to these inquiries is yes … But first we have to contemplate what is inferred by these two images, circle and cross, and the connections and strains between them …

The earth is round, and it is brimming with cycles. Living things pass on and decay into soil, which supports all the more living things. Downpour falls on mountains, where it channels into waterways, which stream into the ocean, which dissipates into mists, which convey downpour again to the mountains. The carbon dioxide we breathe out is taken in by plants, which terminate oxygen, which we breathe in and afterward breathe out as carbon dioxide. For every one of these cycles the circle is a decent image.

Christian reasoning is focused on the cross. Mathematically, the cross is the convergence of two straight lines, a flat and a vertical. Rather than one line, turning over and over all around, the Christian sees that the earth isn't endless. For a different line converges our own from outside. The cross alludes to where God's point of view has met our own most unmistakably. The execution of one man at a specific spot and time is the midpoint, the core: the crossing point of everlasting and transient, God's time and our own.

Numerous tree huggers are justifiably dubious of this Christian perspective on schedule and of the Christian conviction that there is another reality converging our own. They state that it has made Christians other-common, careless of the necessities of the earth, too liable to even consider using the earth just as a scenery for the human show of everlasting salvation …

The scriptural view perceives the truth of the patterns of nature …

We are not happy with the cycles. For all the magnificence of the earth and its circumnavigating life, it doesn't carry its own importance with it …

Creation itself is neither inane nor void, yet it does not have a middle: The middle gave by perceiving that creation isn't simply "nature" or "assets" or "the climate." The author of Ecclesiastes both closes and answers his lament with words especially appropriate for our time: "Recollect your Creator."

Consider It

  • How would you see the two images referenced in this note?

  • In what ways do the two images interconnect?

  • Are there manners by which you are both a Christian and a tree hugger?

Implore About It

God, the Creator, I realize that without you everything is inane. As I work to steward your creation appropriately, help me to keep you at the focal point of my actions.

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