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February 18, 2010

Irrelevant Religion

When a church begins taking it’s “moral cues” from the secular world, that church is dying.

LONDON (AP) — 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.”

Here is not a church leading, but following. This church looks to see where the secular morality is heading, and then it follows.  You name any social trend that has become commonplace in the secular world, and these Liberal churches will emulate it.  You name any moral dysfunction the secular world has accepted as the “new normal”, these Liberal churches will condone it.  When was the last time this church spoke out loudly and publicly against the scourge of single motherhood?  Homosexuality?  Gay marriage?  Abortion?  Pre-marital sex?  The immorality of divorce?  Secular society has accepted these as the norm, and the Liberal church does likewise because it has bought into the meme that these are “conservative issues” and that conservative christians are “intolerant” and “judgmental.”  And also perhaps because it feels powerless against these trends.  But global warming?  Hoo boy!  That gets the Lent treatment.

I don’t say this because I believe saving resources is a bad thing.  I don’t.  I’m the kind of person that shuts off the light every time I leave a room.  I turn off the faucet when I’m scrubbing my hands or brushing my teeth.  I even turn the shower off while I’m lathering.  My water comes directly from the aquifer.  And in Texas, that means it’s free.  So it’s not because I’m stingy (although I am stingy).  I just don’t believe in waste.  Nothing wrong with conservation.  But when a church models it’s morality on the secular society around it instead of the other way around, this does not make the church “relevant.”  It makes a church IRRELEVANT.  A church that isn’t leading is dying.

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