Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lucia Church bells to ring out for climate change

I was stunned to read the following in the NZ Catholic last week.
Leaders from the Catholic, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist and Salvation Army Churches have called on churches in NZ to ring their bells [at 3pm, on Decemeber 13], during a major climate change summit in Copenhagen, to call people to prayer and action.
Yes, we need to be called to action. Those in Copenhagen want to destroy the world economy so that wealthy countries are made poor by paying exorbitant taxes to a new world government. It must be stopped!
The NZ church leaders urged bolder steps by everyone to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and called on political leaders to strive for the strongest commitment at the summit.
What? NZ Church leaders want to send us back to the stone age? NZ church leaders want to get behind a belief system that has already doubled world food prices, so that those poor people who survived on mud pies can no longer afford them? Are they crazy?

After a meeting with PM John Key, the leaders released a statement outlining environmental and economic impacts of climate change, particularly on vulnerable members of the global community and the importance of immediate action from all.
Oh, how nauseating.
The church leaders applaud the steps taken by present and previous governments, but say they do not feel the urgency of the situation is properly understood.
Yeah, but not in the way that they think. The climate change scam is the real danger. Surely church leaders who believe in Jesus Christ, therefore aren't prone to the winds on non-belief hysteria by those who need something to believe, surely they would be the ones who would see through this scam, see it for what it is?
Archbishop John Dew of Wellington said the world is "perched on a the brink of a Kairos moment" - a moment of opportunity, grace and truth.

"Scientists warn us that the window of opportunity for change is very narrow. Our world has the choice right now to embrace simpler lifestyles or have them forced on us...

"We hold in our hands an opportunity for change that future generations will not have," Archbishop Dew said.
Oh my goodness. Archbishop Dew has been totally taken in.
The statement draws on research produced for the British government on the impact of global warming on the world economy to describe the costs and benefits of acting now, using existing technologies, rather than delaying action.
Well, they did try to have their statement have some basis in reality, I'll give the church leaders that. It's a pity that the research is now looking to be based on totally shonky science. Well, not a pity, really. As the "cure" will be far worse than the supposed problem.
But the leaders say that not enough is being heard from Government and media about the economic costs of doing too little, and the benefits from tacking climate change and cleaning up the environment.
Err, most likely because all the economic costs are in "tackling climate change". Destroying the economy and all.

The excerpts from the article I'm quoting above appeared on the front page of the NZ Catholic newspaper, dated Nov 29, 2009. More than enough time for the editor to take into account the climategate emails. But no. Not a word in the editorial that was devoted to climate change as well.

4 comment(s):

Andrei said...

Mathew 24:4-14

4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.

10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

KG said...

Right now I'm struggling with the idea of becoming a member of any Church--and stuff like this doesn't help, Lucyna.
Church leaders should stay right out of politics imho.

Lucia Maria said...

KG,

It wouldn't help, would it?

When I came back to the Faith 3 years ago, it wasn't because of the the church locally was doing. It was because I came to the conclusion that if the Church wasn't true, nothing was.

Along the way, I have come across some real horrors, that in the first year of my return, I think I must have been supernaturally protected from.

It helps a lot knowing that the local bishop has authority only so much as he is in communion with the Pope.

There is a place for church leaders in politics - if politics strays into their domain. What's happening in the US over abortion is such an example.

nyokodo said...

KG: have you read "Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis? If not I highly recommend it. Inside he says that the only consideration for what Church to choose (for he exhorts that you must choose one) is which one is true and teaches the truth, not which one is most comfortable or in which one your political sensibilities are most catered to or anything else. The political opinion of a Bishop is of no consequence in this matter, although they can be a pain. Christ didn't say the road to heaven was thin and rocky for no reason!

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