Today’s post ran in the local paper where I live. I adapted it from a post that appeared on The Voice of One last year.
Last year, I read Pope Francis’s encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.” In it, the Pope lays out his views “on the environment and human ecology.” Pope Francis focuses a lot of attention on curbing human problems — especially climate change and poverty — through public policy shifts. He is certainly not alone in this. Other Christians call for systemic shifts to combat human trafficking, abortion, pollution and a whole host of other human ills.
Reading “Laudato Si” got me thinking: What is the primary purpose of the church? Is it to change the world or save people out of the world? Surveying scripture brought these things to mind: