THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT DONE IN A BOTTLE
‘The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small-- and for destroying those who destroy the earth’ Rev 11.18 NIV.
Jesus is the logo. Logos is the being and purpose of the earth. There’s more to ‘logos’ than I had imagined. I knew it meant the order of the universe personified in The Son. And that it was this Order that came among us to reveal the nature of our Father and His real love. I saw that when Paul spoke of the law of the spirit of life, He meant the person of Jesus and the persons of the trinity and the Communion that is them in us and in the earths. Paul contrasted the law and the letter (of Moses and religion) with this ultra-life that is the triune God.
The cohesion and harmony of creation is to be found in Jesus and not in a set of abstractions and prohibitions – like the law. This indeed, is why Christ is our life and why fundamentalism is not anyone’s life. Life comes from the trinity, to which you are joined in Christ.
Life involves all that is. God so loved the world that He gave His only son. His life and healing embraces the earth. It’s not ok as a Believer to focus on certain sins and ignore the killing of the earth taking place as a result of the political economy we want to believe is normal.
Love is belonging. Love is alive and wise. When Jesus draws all that is into Himself it is because He is God, love and life to the full. In Jesus our vocation is to heal the environment and ecology of the earth.
As the representative of God, Jesus was the Tip of the iceberg that projected into our realm. Nine tenths was the infinity that is God’s being. He was and is the representative of the fullness of God - the trinity. As such Jesus was and is the personal representative of reality. Christ is Reality.
COMMUNITY AND HEALING
As good theologians have pointed out, God is love not because God is love, but because God is relationship – God is trinity.
There’s more to this however. The truth of our being as persons, as communities and the healing of the earth is found in the fact that creation is relationship. Nations are fragmenting, societies are becoming Babylon and vested interests are killing the earth. A fragmented earth is the result of ignoring the incarnation, ignoring the togethering power of Christ and living in short-sightedness and denial.
Richard Rohr writes, “Every time you see the term “Word,” or Logos, substitute Relationship or Blueprint, instead, and it will really help you get the message. “In the beginning was the Relationship,” or “In the beginning was the Blueprint.” It crescendos in when the text might be translated as “And the Blueprint took shape,” or “the Relationship became visible.” (1)
Visible in the person of Jesus of Nazareth and even more visible when you agree and nurture the reality that Jesus is our life. Christ is our life both individually and cosmically. With Jesus incarnated in us as the church we have the healing of the earth and the advance of the new creation. There are solutions to drastic drought, violent floods and consuming fires. We must create energy and do industry differently. The sky will not fall in if we adopt wise strategies. But it will if we continue on the way we are going. God will not need to step in to destroy those who destroy the earth because we will have done it to ourselves.
(1) Rohr, Richard. The Divine Dance: The Trinity and your transformation (Kindle Locations 3557-3561). SPCK. Kindle Edition.