Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Dear people of the world,

In the light of the tragic shootings in Orlando, I would like to ask respectfully that you just SHUT UP. There are families, friends and coworkers who are grieving the loss of their loved ones and friends, they need time and space to grieve, time and space which right now is being trodden on by the hooves of a thousand hobby horses stampeding to the left and the right. Islam, gun control, gay rights, migration, no matter what side of these issues you are on, there is a time to have these discussions but not now. Right now we need to stand in solidarity with the hurt and greiving and honour and respect their pain. The world is the lesser for the loss of those precious lives. Please let's remenber that.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Fat Sheep and Climate Change

I heard a late night Christian radio host the other night dismissing climate change as liberal alarmism.
Now firstly I am not a climate expert, so as to the validity or not of those claims, I really am not qualified to comment, except to say that she seems to be on the minority viewpoint on this issue. but it did start me thinking about why seemingly so many conservative Christians appear to be pushing back at the view that the climate is changing. Why there is a need to pick such a battle when there's so much else to do has me scratching my head. If climate change is happening and we do nothing that consequences could be catastrophic, the flip-side of course is if it is not happening and we as a people work together to limit the damage  to the planet we and our children and our children's children will be far better of. there really is not much to lose .
Climate change or not there is no doubt that we are treating our limited resources in a very foolish way using non-renewables to power our wasteful consumption economies. I would recommend watching The story of Stuff to get a real idea of wisely we are using our unarguably finite resources.

There is a chilling warning for us in the West found in the writings of prophet Ezekiel

" Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet? Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet? “‘Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns until you have driven them away," Ezekiel 34

Rather than dismiss climate change as alarmism, we as followers of Christ should seek to under than the task of wise stewardship that God entrusted to Adam at Creation. If we do nothing then we risk the judgement of God, and we are no better that fat sheep who show no love and care for those who most need it.
For a really interesting take on this issue watsh the short documentary below