Right from the beginning of our story in Scripture we are confronted with the reality of the goodness of God’s creation. We are struck six times with this phrase, or something similar, “God saw that it was good…” That is then followed up with the well-known, “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.”
What a statement to pronounce over your work – good, very good.
What a statement when God is the one who pronounces it.
With the storyline of creation’s goodness being emphasized more and more within the evangelical tradition, we have moved somewhat away from a more dualistic, overly-ethereal view of God’s work. We have recognized God is the God of the spiritual and physical.
Even more, thanks to works like NT Wright’s Surprised by Hope and others, we are aware that God does not plan to abandon the earth but rather fully and finally restore it through Jesus.
This is a good place to start.
But I don’t believe this takes us far enough. Continue reading