2. Accept and Adapt


I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4


Three Elements

Before taking action to address the predicaments we face, it is important to develop an intellectual and spiritual understanding of what is happening. In other words, a theological foundation is needed. Three suggestions for theological discussion are provided at this site. They are:

  1. Understand and tell the truth;

  2. Accept and adapt (this one) and;

  3. Live within the biosphere.


Element 2. Accept and Adapt

The second of the proposed theological elements is ‘Accept and Adapt’. Acceptance means that we understand that we face predicaments, not problems. There are no solutions that will allow us to maintain Business as Usual.


It will be important to recognize the need to accept personal responsibility. There will be a temptation to blame others for all that has gone wrong. But the truth is that we have all created greenhouse gases and used up the earth’s resources. We should not all into the trap of blaming “the other”.


Acceptance means opening ourselves to a feeling of grief. There is room for grief. It’s normal and accepted to mourn. We mourn the demise of the living world, the demise of ecosystems that took millions of years to come into existence.


Acceptance also means helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Future years will see much suffering as crops fail, refugees struggle to find a safe home and industrial systems grind to a halt. As best we can — and we ourselves may be in a difficult place — we all need to help those who are in need.


If we accept that we face predicaments, not problems, then we need to adapt as best we can to the situation in which we find ourselves. We will have to have faith that we will be able to navigate the very turbulent waters that we face.