This is beyond that glass bottle that wasn’t recycled last week.
It is beyond the car that we sometimes use for carpooling, beyond riding a bicycle instead.
When, as a whole, an entire nation has been created and sustained on the basis of lack of care for the earth, there is a problem.
One of our greatest needs as humans and Christians is to be humble before the earth, and in order to get there, repentance is involved.
So today, Christians, we should repent. But it’s not going to happen for everyone, and so many are left thinking that still, humans are at the center of everything, able to make whatever decisions we want, no matter the consequences.
We are no longer students of a wise earth, but pillagers of it.
We have leaders that look to the other countries on this earth and say, “You’ve all been laughing at us for doing the minimal amount of care we could, and so now we are saying ‘no more.’ ”
If America is ridiculed, it is for our lack of care, for the way we take advantage of what we have been given– the resources that have been here since the beginning. Even the people who first knew a relationship to this land were punished for it, all in the name of a created god that twisted worship into abuse.
WE are not the center of the universe. Creation moans with the grief of our decisions. How big we think we are as humans. How little we are.
Dear church, it is clear that we have work to do, but that work becomes more and more important everyday. In a world where the poor and people of color live in places that are taken over and abused by corporations, it is time to step up and care for the least of these, including this earth.
We live in a bubble, and if the advantage of a social media world has taught us anything, it’s that what we do locally has an impact globally.
OUR WORLD is not AMERICA. OUR WORLD is everyone. We must stop tunnel-visioned-thinking. We must reach our hands out in reconciliation toward everything that has been oppressed because of us, from the people to the oceans, every creature that has known destruction because of our decisions.
Because we can no longer say that we did not know, the only option is acceptance and repentance or continued abuse.
And doing nothing is abuse.
Christians, this is your invitation.
Creation stands with the Spirit of God at the front of the church with her arms held out and says, “Come, all who are weary. Come and be made new.”
Some are already there waiting, those that have fought every day of their lives. Some just showed up to the church late, disheveled, but ready to do the good work of the Gospel.
The Spirit of Jesus, celebrated first in Trinitarian relationship that poured salty water into the seas and created animals that know how to work and play. That same Being taught the soil to grow a garden and the leaves to change color when fall winds blow.
Who are we to say that we are above and beyond what was once so good and ready to carry this Gospel through history?
And so today, we repent.
And tomorrow, we repent and resist.
And while the world groans, we open our ears and close our mouths to hear her and whisper in the deepest parts of our being, “Christ, have mercy.”