Moses (Exodus 3) takes notice of God-given pointers to remediable injustice despite the strong demands of everyday work and commitments. But the tasks from the midst of which he’s called are not irrelevant: the ‘pastoral’ obligations which prepare him for leadership. Each of us, and each congregation, has gifts. Our particular prayers and action as followers of Christ are God’s gift to the Earth.
Jeremiah (15) reflects grimly on the personal cost and yet the purposefulness of responding, even where change seems beyond his own resources. In Romans (12), we find Paul in the midst of the necessary building of community, equipping the church with a powerfully counter-cultural love for all whom God makes and calls – repurposing our instincts for hatred and revenge not by passivity, but ‘overcoming evil with good’. A world in climate crisis is one in which every conflict hurts every creature. And yet Jesus’ determination to confront evil on the Cross ( Matt 16) forces us to reflect on the even more terrifying cost of ignoring the signs of our times, in the illusion that pursuing a quiet safe life in the status quo will make it all go away. The makers of gothic horror films would despair at this technical Biblical identification of “satanic” with seeking a quiet, safe life. Maybe that’s the scariest of all. Dare you use that language when faced with denial and misinformation?
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