It’s Still Good Friday

Earth in hands Today is Good Friday. It’s also Earth Day.

Don’t get me wrong–Earth Day is a fine time to reflect on Creation and our stewardship of it. However, Earth Day is not Good Friday–or on par with Good Friday. It is not on par in any way with the atoning death of Christ. It isn’t that there aren’t connections. We can honor the death of Christ by reflecting on creation care and things like that–though I think there are better ways. But, when I read this statement, I had felt the need to write:

Yahoo! News reported:

The Episcopal Church’s office of Economic and Environmental Affairs released a statement urging followers to stay mindful of global warming, recycling and reducing carbon dioxide emissions while celebrating the ancient Christian holiday in 2011.

“This year Earth Day falls within Holy Week, specifically on Good Friday, a profound coincidence,” said Mike Schut, a church spokesman. “To fully honor Earth Day, we need to reclaim the theology that knows Earth is ‘very good,’ is holy. When we fully recognize that, our actions just may begin to create a more sustainable, compassionate economy and way of life.”

…Schut continued: “On Good Friday, the day we mark the crucifixion of Christ, God in the flesh, might we suggest that when Earth is degraded, when species go extinct, that another part of God’s body experiences yet another sort of crucifixion — that another way of seeing and experiencing God is diminished?”

What?

As I said, God cares about creation and our care of it. However, earth being degraded, etc., is not another sort of crucifixion. There is no crucifixion like that of Jesus. On Good Friday, Sisters and Brothers, let us remember the story of the Mount of Transfiguration when the Voice comes from heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to Him!” Even good things–Moses, Elijah, Earth Day 🙂 don’t compare to Him. It’s OK to take note of Earth Day. Just remember…

They aren’t the same.

Or even close.

Only One atoned for your sins. He is more valuable and precious than this perishing earth.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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