Around where we live dozens of Lego advertisements have gone up in bus-stops. Each one displays a striking and colourful bespoke Lego creation, with the same refrain at the bottom: ‘Rebuild the world’.
It’s pretty striking. Even Lego knows the world is broken.
And the big question is: who can do something about it that will actually last?
Is all creation groaning?
Here in the UK the Extinction Rebellion (XR) protests have been taking place over climate change. The aims of the protesters are to get the UK government to declare a climate “emergency” and to legally commit to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2025, with a citizens’ assembly formed to “oversee the changes”.
There’s been a lot of controversy about the protests, which seem to have really divided people – even dividing the XR members themselves. But in one online piece, a writer observed some of the XR protesters singing this little ditty:
‘We’ve got all the science / All that we need / To change the world / Hallelujah’.
It’s a revealing lyric. The world is broken and needs transforming, yes. But where is our hope to be found for such transformation? According to XR, in science and in ourselves.
A Bigger Story
Of course we should respond to the claims and evidence of climate change. As the Evangelical Alliance have put it, ‘Loving our poorest neighbours involves us caring about the environment and our climate change.’
But as Christians we frame this within a bigger story of hope and transformation. A story where the rebellion that really defines our world is not a rebellion protesting against our government, but a rebellion foolishly protesting against our Creator.
And a story where we are not the fixer-uppers, but where God alone can rescue and redeem.
By the way, these themes are picked up powerfully in Andrew Peterson’s epic song, Is He Worthy?
I’m Part of the Problem
When we talk about the problems of our world, all too often we look outside of ourselves.
Christians are not immune to this. We can easily distort Christianity into something where we’re simply clubbing together to meet external needs. And we’ve avoided the fact that we need to be changed ourselves.
But the Bible’s overall story reveals that not only do we need someone to rebuild the world, we need someone to transform the depths of our hearts in the process.
Everything’s Not Awesome
My mate Sam Gibb, pastor at Hope Church Vauxhall, pre-empted Lego’s advertising campaign by running a week of church holiday club material on the whole Bible story and actually using everyone’s favourite plastic bricks to tell the story! You can see a sample of his work in the teaser below:
This summer at Christian Adventure Holidays we did a week of teaching on the whole Bible Story with the help of Lego bricks! We called it Fixed and based it on Christopher Ashes great book Remaking a Broken world. So the hashtag #RebuildTheWorld is very fitting! Here's a peak 👇 pic.twitter.com/UijsmIfcoe
— Sam Gibb (@samggibb) September 18, 2019