Text: Isaiah 6:1-8
While in Oxford I attended a worship service in which the bishop began his sermon with the words, “Most of you know that I usually don’t stick to the scripture when I preach. However, today will be different.” Immediately, he had my attention. I thought, “Is that an option, to not stick to the scripture?” At least in my mind-and I am aware that you might have a different opinion-I always try to stick to the scripture. I do so, mainly, because I love exploring the stories of our faith, but also because I think that is what I am supposed to do. But now this bishop had given me something new to think about.
I thought of the bishop’s words again as I began thinking about this meditation. I have chosen a text for our reading today: Isaiah 6:1-8. It is a beautiful text and I have every intention to make a connection to it at the end of this meditation. But for all practical purposes, I will not be sticking to the Isaiah text this morning as I focus my thoughts on religion and ecology. What I want to do this morning is simply offer how I think religion, specifically Christianity, has both enabled and impeded (blessed and cursed) our thinking and acting in caring for God’s creation.