Paraphrased from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Because I'm one of those oddball people who actually read church documents. I know... (geek)
"It is hope in the future, not in an idealized past, that inspires participation in God's changing, open, and inexhaustible creation. We believe that includes the transformation of the whole creation (Romans 8:19–25). Guided by this vision, we anticipate and LIVE OUT the values of God's promised future concretely in the present."
Yes... yes, THAT! That's it right there!