Given By Rev. Madison Shockley April 21, 2019 at Pilgrim UCC in Carlsbad CA pilgrimucc.org
Happy Easter! Christ is risen! This passage from Romans inspires hope. Since Easter falls so close to Earth Day, we reflect on what this means for both us and all creation. All of creation stands besides us and waits for the children of God to appear. It suffers with us also. Freedom from pollution and the degradation caused by human activity will arrive with the children of God. Humans have irrevocably upset the balance of nature. Every day is like Good Friday for our Earth as we crucify another species into extinction. Resurrection is not a strategy to save the Earth. The Greek word for resurrection means “to stand up.” The Earth is waiting for the children of God to stand up and do something. This effects our neighbors, both here and around the world. Will the real Christians, please stand up!