Climate Change issue a Call to the Globalization of the Gospel to the Global Village
Globalization of the Gospel Jesus is the Way to Peace and Love, and the Way of Peace and love is the Way of Jesus regardless of anything. The evangelization for the World is not getting people of all nations to believe in Jesus in a particular way but in a particular way believing in Jesus. Christianity in the 1st century, was not a particular set of religious positions, dogmas, or doctrines but a way of being in internal peace and external peace with all peoples, to be in a state of self compassion and to extend that same compassion to all people regardless of anything. Calling people to Jesus (and defining that Jesus by a statement of faith that is what you are to believe is contrary to the “way” Jesus presented the Gospel in words an in life.
Imagine if we had a rally of people from all various religious, ethnic, racial, social groups and invited people to receive Jesus by affirming that they would surrender all there false religious teachings as sin, all behavior that is egocentric, and self serving and embrace the “way” of receiving inner peace and the call to outward loving. That conversion experience would not be to a particular church but to a way of love and peace that closely resembles the “Way” in which the early church walked.
The Pope recently presented a encyclical re: calling the church universal and people at large to take climate change seriously, to unite around caring better for earth, sky, sea, and all creation. Maybe he has in mind a “Globalization of the Gospel to All People” regardless of any particular theology. What a revolutionary idea. We would mot need to obliterate all the different religious groupings who are not in themselves wrong in anyway except in that they present themselves as better than others, or exclusive rather than inclusive, and as personal rather than political.
In the encyclical the Pope says: “Humans ruined the earth, but sin ruined humans. The violence in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evidenced in our soil, the water, in the air and in all forms of life”. He challenges us to first see it as real then “do something”. In a novel way he is saying “If you see something Do something, say something. He also wants us all on the same page.
Our current St Francis quoted St Francis of Assisi: “Be praised, my Lord, through our sister Mother Earth, who feeds us and rules us, and produces various fruits with colored flowers and herbs,”
As Benedict wrote in his 2009 encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, “It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic—act.” So think before you buy. Pray before you consume. Meditate before you jump to a conclusion.
“Instead of resolving the problems of the poor and thinking of how the world can be different, some can only propose a reduction in the birth rate,” Francis writes. “At times, developing countries face forms of international pressure which make economic assistance contingent on certain policies of ‘reproductive health.’” (Popes Moral Case for Taking on Climate Change)
This is al very important for the future generations and for those of us who now show those future generations that we did not sit back and do nothing when we saw the effects of a “greedy treatment of the planet and of each other. This morning I was out for a walk and went by literally ten cars in various places all of which were running including a police car. I wondered if I went up to each of them and asked them to turn the car off as they were contaminating the air (I and others including themselves were breathing). What do you think their response to me would be? Do you think it would be, “Oh why thank you I get it I was just being insensitively selfish not think about the earth, the people of the earth the animal life or plant life, it was just about convenience and honestly just lazy. I will be better next time.” Or you come up with alternative responses:
I applaud St. Francis, stepping out and up but we all must join him. That does not mean we all have to become catholic. What if we all, whatever our church’s statement of faith might be added a final line that went like this:
“We believe that what we believe is our distinct right to believe it, but we do not claim that we are right and everyone else wrong so we will not let what we believe separate us from or elevate us above others who believe we are to live in peace an love with all neighbors.”
I do not like that he declares that some thins are un-forgivable and other things are just plain wrong
Imagine what we could do id we united as One for the cause of saving our planet, caring for all the green space, blue space and white space of earth and thereby returning balance to God’s creation as it was in the beginning and now and ever shall be World without End. Amen.
And the world without end is the world of Peace (inner and outer) and the Love for self and all our neighbors (near and far).