Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 99

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE must slow down. We must be willing to sit across the table from our family and friends over a meal that didn’t quite turn out as planned, but will still nourish and sustain us nonetheless. We must be willing to forgo that which might immediately satisfy for that which communicates, and will continue to communicate, something real and true about who God is and what it means to be created in His image. We must be willing to acknowledge that we are but stewards, here to rule over, yes, but not to harm; here to till, yes, but not until there is nothing left; here to keep watch, yes, but not at the cost of the life over which we keep watch. This is a complicated and complex problem that goes beyond what has been discussed in this paper, and there is, as Wendell Berry has said, “no big solution.”52 Rather, the solution to repairing humankind’s relationship with creation, and more specifically the food we eat and the land we use to raise it, is a lot of small solutions. The foremost of these is to live in the freedom that comes through Christ, the freedom to live in right relationship with all of creation, including the food that graces our tables. 52. Nebenzahl, “The New Farmers,” 53. 96