The Greening of Lent

Just when you thought it was safe to have some part of your existence free from politically correct, green this, green that mumbo jumbo, along comes the notion of celebrating an eco-friendly Lenten season.

Lent, for those who may not know, is the 40 days (excluding Sundays) prior to Easter. Catholics and some Protestant congregations often give up something they would normally enjoy, such as chocolate, watching television or smoking. They might use that extra time or money to give back to God in some way, in order to prepare their hearts for Holy Week, and the remembrance of what Jesus did for us on the Cross.

At least that’s what Lent used to be about.
Now, environmentalists from various churches are taking this time to reflect on what they can do for the earth. Sort of like a 40-day Earth Day celebration.
The Environmental Outreach Committee of the Archdiocese of Washington has put together the Lenten Carbon Fast 2010 calendar. It includes such things as turning down your thermostat, telling your leaders to take action on climate change, and buying locally grown food when you can to lessen your “carbon footprint”.
Carbon footprints are based in about as much reality as a giant bunny with a basket of colored eggs, or leprechauns chasing after a pot of gold. Carbon credits are nothing more than some intangible nothings that someone decided could be bought, sold and traded by those with more money than brains.
The whole idea of being able to fast from carbon is a fairy tale. For that, you’d have to stop breathing. Even though our president and his Environmental Protection Agency goons decided that carbon dioxide is now a pollutant that can be taxed and regulated, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The trees and plants seem to like it. In fact, they NEED it to survive. You would think that people who are referred to as “greenies” and “tree huggers” would know a little bit more about what it is they say they’re trying to save.
The problem many people have with environmentalism is that it’s become a type of religion of its own. With Al Gore as their High Priest and progressive politicians from both sides of the aisle as their prophets of doom, they bow before the altar of Mother Earth…never seeing that it’s not the earth that needs saving, but the people on it that do.
Conservation of natural –and man-made resources is a good thing (so long as no government entity is forcing you to do it). But, there’s a big difference between being a good steward of creation and worshipping it. Being a good steward of the earth includes using the natural resources God gave us to improve life here and around the world. Things like drilling for our own oil, using natural gas and oil shale, or generating electricity with clean nuclear power—of course, none of these would be supported by the green movement.
When you turn the focus of what should be a holy, somber time of reflection onto nature instead of on nature’s God, you’re missing the point. Lent is meant for first, looking inward to see the smallness and neediness of mankind for a Savior, and then looking upward to the One who makes all things new again. Only then can you truly appreciate the enormity and beauty of creation and the Creator.


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  1. […] time ago, I posted about “The Greening of Lent”, where environmentalists gave people the charge to reduce their “carbon footprint” during the […]

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