A Creed and calling whose time has come
There are many creeds related to the Christian faith. The Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed are the most popularly used. Both of these have value because they articulate God’s purposes in the cross and Christ’s resurrection along with the nature of the trinity. But both of them are lacking in that they fail to develop a creation theology, and this theology is sorely needed if we are to recover our proper vocation in the world as stewards. There is creed, however, that addresses creation’s glory and God’s role in sustaining the beauty of the earth. It’s Patrick’s Creed: (leave it to the Celts to articulate creation theology!)
God of heaven and earth, sea and rivers,
God of sun and moon, of all the stars,
God of high mountains and of lowly valleys,
God over heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven.
He has a dwelling
in heaven and earth and sea
and in all things
that arc in them.
He inspires all things,
He quickens all things,
He is over all things,
He supports all things.
He makes the light of the sun to shine,
He surrounds the moon and stars, and
He has made wells in the arid earth, placed dry islands in the sea
and stars for the service of the greater luminaries.
He has a Son coeternal with Himself,
like to Himself;
not junior is Son to Father,
nor Father senior to the Son.
And the Holy Spirit
breathes in them;
not separate are Father
and Son and Holy Spirit.
We have great tasks ahead of us in recovering our role as stewards of the God’s earth. What are some steps individuals and communities should take in order to recover our vocation as 'earth stewards'?