Tuesday, March 22, 2005

God's Earth Is Sacred

What do you know, the " central, moral imperative of our time" has absolutely nothing to do with the exploitation of the Schiavo/Schindler families pain.

We are urged to reject the "false gospel" mindset of the live for today because God will take us away movement. The NCCUSA has pais attention to the problems we face and the responsibilities that Christians and all people of good will owe to each other, to future generations, and to all God's creatures.
God’s creation delivers unsettling news. Earth’s climate is warming to dangerous levels; 90 percent of the world’s fisheries have been depleted; coastal development and pollution are causing a sharp decline in ocean health; shrinking habitat threatens to extinguish thousands of species; over 95 percent of the contiguous United States forests have been lost; and almost half of the population in the United States lives in areas that do not meet national air quality standards. In recent years, ">the profound danger has grown, requiring us as theologians, pastors, and religious leaders to speak out and act with new urgency.

A Call to Action: Healing the Earth and Providing a Just and Sustainable Society

Our current cycle of government and business as usual is not acceptable, and we are called to demand greater accountability of our government, our corporations and our selves. We must live conciously with these values in mind:

  • Justice
  • Sustainability
  • Bioresponsibility
  • Humility
  • Generosity
  • Frugality
  • Solidarity
  • Compassion

Read this, talk about it, write about it. Compare it to the current policy of wrecking and reaping instant gratification we have allowed our fellow Christians and others of good will to forgive and fall behind.

True Christians will recognize the scriptural message here; others will continue to pollute and profit, but we must not lose heart.

William Rivers Pitt compares the fruit of the word alone with the fruit of the spirit and the rest of us need to do that until the only people who choose to continue living empty lives of overconsumption and greed do it honestly.


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