One of the great misunderstandings about the care of creation, perpetuated by many environmentalists, is that the main beneficiary of environmental action is…the environment. Don’t get me wrong–a Christian worldview clearly recognizes the intrinsic value of the created order, which God called “good.” In fact, as C.S. Lewis argued in The Abolition of Man, it is only by standing within a tradition that upholds absolute values that we can call anything good.
But creation is also useful, and efforts to preserve it benefit the people who use it, and who depend upon it. That’s one of the themes in the new powerful new film 58:, coming to theaters in October. I recommend that every Christian leader and pastor try to see it, and to take others with them. Scroll down to find out how to get free tickets.
Here’s the synopsis:
Premiering this October, 58: is the inspiring true story of the global Church in action. Witness bravery and determined faith in a journey from the slums of Kenya to the streets of New York. Confront the brutality of extreme poverty and meet those who live out the True Fast of Isaiah 58 and create stunning new possibilities for the future.
Travel from the sun-scorched plains of rural Ethiopia to British shopping centers, from Brazilian ganglands and the enslaving quarries of India to western churches, businesses and conferences.
58: invites audiences to discover the incredible work of God through His people in our hurting world. Meet ordinary people, hear their stories, and see their struggles and their victories as 58: shows the relentlessly loving God at work through His Church bringing hope to the darkest challenges of our day. Experience eye-opening reasons to lift our expectations of the future.
Woven with Biblical truth, this film draws audiences into life-changing examples of the True Fast of Isaiah 58 – a young British woman prevailing over the pressures of consumer society, Ethiopian Christians working to restore their environment, an American business owner promoting Fair Trade coffee and connecting his local community with the work of ending poverty, a local pastor in India working to be a Good Samaritan to those enslaved by bonded labor, and the sacrificial generosity of New York youth giving up their own food for the sake of those with even less. These impatient revolutionaries and ordinary prophets present viewers with an empowering vision of the Church rising up to its remarkable potential to end extreme poverty, by bringing God’s words through Isaiah to life in our time, in our day.
If you’re a ministry leader or pastor or creation care advocate, and you would like an invitation to attend the premiere of the film for free, sign up for our newsletter to ministry leaders–an exclusive invitation is going out to leaders at noon today (Tuesday, September 27) and on Friday with the access code for free tickets. Seating availability is limited, so please respond soon.