December 4: The earth is full

Matthew 24:37-39

For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 

The prophecies concerning the end times are a mixture of doom and hope and have been interpreted in all sorts of ways through the centuries.  The vision of the coming of the Son of Man though involves not destruction but renewal; resurrection.

Despite the hope we place in this renewal humans have lived through very difficult, almost apocalyptic events, and we once again face such a future.  Paul Gilding in this TED talk outlines his concern for what is coming as consequences of the impact of our over-consumption and the side effect of climate change.

In the midst of his somewhat doomsday prophecy it falls upon us as Christians to continue to find hope through the potential for turmoil and to live as good stewards of God’s good creation as well as children of the promised new creation.  what might this mean in terms of our personal response of faith to the environmental issues that confront us?

Paul Gilding “The earth is full”