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November 20, 2021


Wayne Northey

Thanks Brad for your reflection.

In part, what you are arguing is that God in the natural world is *never retributive*. Consistent with that as corollary, God in nature is *ever restorative*.

This in turn is consistent with Paul's wonderful declaration in II Corinthians 5:

17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old [Creation] has gone, the new [Creation] is here! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

In Restorative Justice understanding from a Christian worldview, the human condition within the Original Creation is one of brokenness:
-- towards God (theological)
-- towards ourselves (psychological)
-- towards others (sociological)
-- towards the Good Creation (ecological)
-- towards the cosmos (cosmological)

If one reads the text carefully, for all “in Christ,” the New Creation has begun with the Second Adam, Christ (1 Corinthians 15:45-49). And reconciliation of all brokenness as above is the Cosmic Game-Plan!

We who embrace Christ are called in turn to fully embrace this Reconciliation Game-Plan. Reconciliation is in fact the heart of the New Testament. We of course begin to pursue that with reference to God and ourselves (internal); and then with reference to all our external broken relationships.

Do we do that well? Consistently? Fully? The answer is evident in the question.

Nonetheless we confess with Saint Paul (Philippians 3):
12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize of God’s heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.
15All of us who are mature should embrace this point of view. And if you think differently about some issue, God will reveal this to you as well. 16Nevertheless, we must live up to what we have already attained.

Amen and Amen!

S. Johnson

And from this terrible destruction will come new growth.

Creation has never been static; floods, land slides and wild fires (and even pandemics) are events which by design regenerate the Earth. We describe these events as "natural disasters" when we humans (and other creatures) get in the way. There is no doubt that the consequences are indeed disastrous -- loss of life, injury, loss of habitat and homes, loss of livelihood and more.

We humans have certainly done things which have made these natural events worse. But we have also done things which have mitigated the "disaster" caused by these natural events. Examples would include: tsunami warning systems, severe weather alerts, systems for managing storm water and flooding, seismic monitoring, protecting infrastructure from avalanches, and others.

Earth will regenerate and so will we.


Yes, Leanne. Seems to me the law should (and may) demonstrate that the RCMP have crossed the line (again). https://www.straight.com/news/private-law-why-rcmp-arrests-indigenous-people-and-journalists-on-unceded-wetsuweten


Meanwhile, elsewhere in BC...

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