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-British Church Leaders Call for a ‘Carbon Fast’ for Lent

by Dr. D ~ February 16th, 2010

The iPod family with, from the left to the rig...
(iPods  via Wikipedia)

Senior Bishops in the Church of England are calling for a ‘carbon fast’ this year for Lent.

The church leaders are urging folks to give up their iPods and limit their use of technology for the penitent season leading up to Easter.

The Rt Rev James Jones-Bishop of Liverpool and the Rt Rev Richard Chartres- Bishop of London are also suggesting that people give any money saved from the tech. fast to the poor in the developing world.

According to the Rt Rev John Pritchard-Bishop of Oxford:

“Lent is a period when we should look at how we live our lives. Giving up chocolate is a symbol of that but giving up technology is a more serious way of looking at the issues that face us as a global community.

It is a statement [of solidarity] with a world that does not have that ability to communicate the way we can and a reminder to us that perhaps we may have got beyond ourselves in terms of our own consumption of technology. We have galloped forward so fast maybe we have out-run our global responsibility in doing that.”

Response: Looking at all the quotes from these Church leaders, the emphasis seems to be on ‘global Warming’ and ‘saving the planet’ rather than on inspecting ones life and seeing how it squares with the teaching of Jesus.

Giving to the poor in less fortunate nations is admirable and a good case could be made for that response. But where is the emphasis on getting closer to God and following his Word? These somewhat ‘wrong’ revs seem to be more concerned about getting closer to Mother Nature—Gaia.            *Top

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