I wrote a paper on the weekend about salvation, what salvation is and how it relates to people, communities and nature.
Nice I thought, that’s easy and salvation is hopeful.
Until I came to this …
Christian faith from its beginning has never asserted its hope for salvation in such a way as to justify an easy-going optimism. It has always seen salvation as on the other side of destruction, even of total cosmic collapse (Mark 13, Revelation). The faith that God will save the world does not exclude the possibility that humanity will first destroy it. (Dictionary of Christian Theology)
Not so hopeful all of a sardine.
While on our Merton retreat last weekend we saw the film ‘Home’. This is a film about the state of the planet and our pillaging thereof, about how interlinked we are, about how finely balanced the earth is. Be warned, it’s not easy viewing. It’s long and it makes you decidedly uncomfortable, but like all things true and prophetic it’s not meant to induce comfort and warm fuzzy feelings. It’s meant to make us sit up and take notice and they did try bring a sense of optimism at the end.
But just one week later I read the words above.
Not very hopeful, not unless we can make some changes.
I wonder if we can, I wonder if we will?