This year, Earth Day falls on a Sunday, giving us the opportunity to take a look at the “State of God’s World In 2018” from a theological perspective. At the 202nd General Assembly in 1990, the Presbyterian Church (USA) adopted Restoring Creation for Ecology and Justice, a comprehensive multi-year denominational emphasis on Eco-Justice. It was a landmark document which placed the PCUSA at the forefront of the ecological movement.
The document affirms that “The biblical-theological basis for restoring creation is very simple: The Creator is always also the Redeemer, and the Redeemer is always also the Creator. The God ‘who made heaven and earth, the sea and all that is in them’ is the one ‘who executes justice for the oppressed’ (ps. 146:6f.). Because God the Creator loves the whole creation, God the Redeemer acts to save the creation when it is bowed down and cries out. As Colossians 1:15-19 affirms, the crucified and risen Christ ‘reconciles all things.’”
It is appropriate, then, that Earth Day 2018 falls during the Season of Easter, in the midst of our celebration of the Risen Christ. Take time to hold the Earth in your prayers as you enjoy the fruits and beauty of God’s amazing creation!