Filed under: Church wrongs, culture | Tags: Crazy Christians, culture war, denominationalism, UK
British bishops urge ‘carbon fast’ for Lent
LONDON — Several prominent Anglican British bishops are urging Christians to keep their carbon consumption in check this Lent.
The 40-day period of penitence before Easter typically sees observant Catholics, Anglicans, and Orthodox Christians give up meat, alcohol or chocolates.
But this year’s initiative aims to convince those observing Lent to try a day without an iPod or mobile phone in a bid to reduce the use of electricity — and thus trim the amount of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere.
Bishop of London Rev. Richard Chartres said that the poorest people in developing countries were the hardest hit by man-made climate change.
He said Tuesday that the “Carbon Fast” was “an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God in a practical way.”
There are times that try my good will, and some things that drive me not up, but through the wall of polite concern. This press release has upped my blood pressure and caused me to think bad thoughts.
First of all, even the UN is getting off the “Climate Change” bus. Even Al Gore has been quiet lately.[ Thank you, God]. With all that is going on in the U.K., as far as the influx of Islam, alcoholism, their economy, church closings, and a host of other really scary, absolutely negative social trends, this group of clerics has decided that their best effort could best be directed toward a problem that does not even exist. Help me Lord to not say, “Rocha!”.
Now to the measurable science of it all. A charger for an Ipod or cell phone consumes less than 500 mA. Five hundred Milliamperes. The impact of shutting off all the cell phone and Ipod chargers in the UK would be nill! Most people charge these devices at night, past peak power usage times. Perhaps these Anglicans think there is someone at the generation station reading a dial that will say, “Smith-Jones turned off his Ipod, crank her down, mate.”Preposterous! Of all the energy reduction consumption programs in the world, this is the least effective.
This is not a ‘practical way to show God’s love’ , this is a politically correct way to jump on a band wagon that has been proven to have no wheels. God’s love an be shown best by sharing the Gospel in a country where Christians are an endangered specie. Studies show that in Canada the Anglicans will be extinct in one more generation, cell phones and Ipods or not.
I applaud the idea of going without electronic companionship for a day, even a week, or for all of Lent. Everyone is so plugged in, turned on, and tuned in, that the voice of God, the still, small, voice, is often lost in the air waves. What a fine and noble Lenten message it would be to say,
“Listen to those around you this Lent!”
“Unplug your devices and pray quietly this Lent!”
“Turn your radio on, and listen to the music in the air, turn your radio on, get in touch with God” [anybody remember that one?]
“Power down, to be empowered from on High!”
This Lenten message makes the Church look petty and ineffective, filled with politics and false beliefs. Well, if it quacks like a duck…. God forgive me for my anger.
Filed under: Crazed Thought, Uncategorized | Tags: banned, Crazy Christians, Jesus, nut bag, UK
On more than one occasion Fred Phelp’s behavior has caused me to wish Baptists had a Bishop in the hierarchy, or at least a hierarchy. Baptists love and support the independence of the local church, so there is no one who has the authority to defrock the disguisting, or remove the tinfoil hat wearing idiot as long as there is some sort of group willing to gather in front of the pulpit.
Fred is the guy with the “God Hates Fags” signs. He is the guy that takes a crowd of like-minded [? mind?] folk to protest at the funerals of soldiers who died in service to our country. He is the guy some folk think of when you say,”Baptist”. Fred founded the Westboro Baptist Church where I am told a bunch of his relatives and a few odd ducks manage to miss the whole point of the greatest teacher of love the universe has ever seen.
So the United Kingdom bans this guy, his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, a hamas terrorist , and nineteen others from entry. Here it is fron The National Post>>
Britain has blacklisted 22 people from entering the country, accusing them of fomenting hatred, glorifying terrorism or being capable of inciting ethnic violence in the country.
A list of 16 of the people was published yesterday to “name and shame” them, according to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.
The list included U. S. conservative talk-radio host Michael Weiner — also known as Michael Savage–Fred Phelps, a U. S. anti-gay activist, Hamas lawmaker Yunis Al-Astal, Jewish extremist Mike Guzovsky, former Ku Klux Klan leader Stephen Donald Black, neo-Nazi Erich Gliebe, and several Islamic preachers.
The frustrating part of the story is that Fred gets international publicity. Isn’t that the way it goes? Some guy like Jeofurry who preaches his heart out and works for flood victims, and spreads the love of the Gospel will be known by a few of us, Fred gets mega multi- media press. Where is the Baptist Pope when you need him!? Can the name Baptist be copyrighted so there is a brand name recognition issue? If you were trying to pass kookie-cola off as Pepsi a team of lawyers would have your lunch and the brown bag it came in. Mr. Phelps can use the name baptist and we have no recourse , and don’t get me started on that title Reverend that he uses.
Free speech is to be supported. Mr. Phelps is entitled to every wacko thought in his head, and to open up his mouth to speak such drivel. My issue is that to use the name of the historically most tolerant religious denomination as he does, to speak for my Lord Jesus as he claims to , and to call yourself a minister of God as you are the world’s worst witness of His Love, does damage to the Kingdom that surely makes the devil smile. Those of us who claim to speak for God as prophets, or speak the Word of God need to tremble in fear that not only what we say, but the way we say it, is pleasing in His sight . There are far more glorious places than England to be banned from.