Adventures in yet more Texas-caused headshaking…
Whilst driving to the vet tonight, my friends and I were discussing carbon offsetting as a way to reduce our carbon footprints. (For more information on carbon offsetting, check out Carbon Footprint here. I was amazed that my flight home this summer was going to produce about 2,000 kg of CO2!) During the conversation, one of my friends mentioned that some seminaries in the US now have coined the phrase “Creation protection” instead of just “Environmental Protection” like everyone else is using. I wondered why they were distancing themselves like that. Is it because some Christian groups have got it into their heads that only hippies and granolies protect the environment? Perhaps not, perhaps I’m being overly sensitive.
When I got home, I decided to google “Creation Protection”. The first thing I came across was a seminar being held at a church in Texas. I realize I know nothing about this church, it’s mission or it’s beliefs, so the following criticism may be made in haste. Even so, one of the seminar topics started that sad ol’ resigned headshaking:
The Great Moral Issues of Our Times
Should global warming be a moral issue for Christians? This discussion takes up the debate as to whether or not the focus of Christians should be solely on a core set of predefined moral issues or whether Christians should look issues such as poverty, hunger and environmental protection as moral issues as well.
Ignoring the utterly ridiculous bit about focusing “solely on a core set of predefined moral issues”, I wondered how far off base is a church that actually has to ask if issues such as poverty, hunger and environmental protection should be moral issues. I am just hoping and praying that the person leading the seminar either asked it as a rhetorical question, or else stated unequivocally in the seminar that yes, indeed, poverty and hunger should be priorities for the church.
This post sounds much more vitriolic than I’d intended. In some ways, I’m grateful that at least the issues are being discussed. In other ways, I’m sad that there’s an underlying assumption that if poverty, hunger and environmental protection really aren’t moral issues, then the church doesn’t have a responsibility to act on them.
As you can tell, I’m getting disheartened. For all my church-going readers, can you help balance my perspective by telling me things that your congregations are doing to alleviate poverty and hunger in your area? For all my non-church going readers, are you involved in any projects to help do the same?