In the aftermath of COP26 in Glasgow perhaps there is a call for Christians to reflect on our response to climate change and our responsibility. In a Grove booklet, with the title above, the authors Grace Thomas and Mark Coleman make some very good points regarding how the church might respond in political and practical ways. They are quick to establish that mission and evangelism are important, although not the same thing. Evangelism is the task of telling people of the Good News of Jesus whereas mission is about doing God’s work on earth. They also establish that the stewardship of creation, given in Genesis, is also part of our responsibility. The authors note that frequently mission and stewardship are seen as separate tasks but their argument is that they can be one and the same, mission through caring for the world.
Among many suggestions they have is that we can look at our own ‘carbon footprint’ (try What is a carbon footprint? | Carbon Footprint Calculator (nature.org) and that of our church and see what we can do to help. It is a sobering thought that our footprints come out in the range 5.0-7.7 tonnes per year whereas countries like Chad, Niger or the Central African Republic have a figure of just 0.1 tonnes per year.
What could we do to our lifestyles, homes and church buildings to give the world a chance in combatting climate change while also letting people know the love of God?
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