“Blessed are the debonair, for they will inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 – translated from the French
In our hearts we know that the world is simply not as it should be. Oceans filled with plastic, almost inextinguishable forest fires, tsunamis, environmental injustice, earthquakes, melting polar ice caps, millions living in poverty and oppression, the plundering of the world’s ever-decreasing resources to light our houses and charge our phones. Even in the face of all these disasters, we tend to put ourselves first and our planet second. And in the midst of a global pandemic, whether it be seeing dolphins swimming in Venice, Mount Everest visible for the first time in living memory from afar, or London’s skyline clear and still, we seem to get a clearer view – and we can’t get away from the effect that humans have on the world.
The destruction of the climate encompasses every part of our planet – the land, the sea, the animals … and the people. The Bible might not use the term ‘climate change’, but it has a lot to say about those things, and how we should be treating them. That’s why we are running this series.
EarthFirst kicks off on Instagram on 16th October. Every post will explore a Bible verse or story – with an image and sometimes captions or blogs. Some of the posts might make you cheer, some might make you cry, and we are hoping that all of them will challenge, surprise, and inspire you with the Bible’s insight and wisdom. Along with the ravages of Covid-19, the fight for the future of the planet is the most important issue right now. And the Bible has a contribution to make to the way we think, live, and act in that fight. The call to look after our world and the people in it, is deeply embedded in our very blueprint. Let’s respond to the call together!
We have one question for you to ponder as we wait for the launch of the EarthFirst campaign:
“Are you debonair?”
All will be revealed soon, so join us over on Instagram, explore what the Bible has to say, and make your voice heard.