Wednesday, February 22, 2012

For Lent, how about giving up biosphere destruction?

‘Jesus said; “The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”’

- Mark 1:14-15.

"Continuing to pollute the atmosphere when we know the dangers, goes against what we know of God’s ways and God’s will. We are failing to love not only the earth, but our neighbours and ourselves, who are made in God's image. God grieves over the destruction of creation and so should we. Repentance means finding creative, constructive and immediate ways of addressing the danger. It happens when God’s Spirit enables a change of mind and change of heart, prompting a turn from past wrong and a decision to change direction. For our generation, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels has become essential to Christian discipleship."

- Ash Wednesday Declaration, 2012.

This quote is from a statement released today that was composed by Operation Noah and signed by numerous Christian leaders:
  • Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
  • Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales
  • Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
  • Keith O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh
  • Val Morrison, Moderator of the General Assembly of the United Reformed Church
  • Lionel Osborn, President of the Conference of the Methodist Church
  • David Arnott, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
  • Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge
  • Ellen Teague, Chair, National Catholic Justice & Peace Environment Group
  • Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia
  • Jonathan Edwards, General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain
The full text of the declaration can be found here and is worth reading. H/t Jason. Ash Wednesday is an appropriate day to consider our mortality, not just individually, but as a civilisation, and perhaps even as a species.
"Remember, o mortal, that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. Repent and believe the good news."


byron smith said...

I realise this is the third public Christian statement on climate change I've published in the last couple of weeks (and I've linked to a few before, such as this one). I guess I'm trying to show that I'm far from the only Christian banging on about these things.