“Eco-friendly” Palms

Not sure whether to be sarcastic about this or not…

“Activists say Palm Sunday, when Christians recall Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, is the perfect time to draw attention to the issue.” Not sure I’ve got the connection, but I’m sure it makes perfect sense in the minds of the “activists.”

Timotheos

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15 thoughts on ““Eco-friendly” Palms

  1. They’ll grab at anything for press-time.

    Using Christian religious symbology to promote earth worship is just something they would do.

  2. I don’t know how– but by next Sunday, my palm will be made of of petrolim and plastic and will consume great ammounts of fossil fuel. It will be the first SUP (Sport Utility Palm). As it is belching out smoke and CFC’s, I am going to add a special tube that sprays DDT onto baby ducks 24 hours a day.
    Then and ONLY THEN will that story lend ANY legitemacy to those enviro-terrorists.

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    End Rant

  3. Although those guys are going to far (bringing ridicule to the cause they claim to defend) I do not think the environemental problem should be dismissed so easily, but rather studied carefully and, when necessary, adressed.
    Yes or no, do we have a theology of Creation and of stewardship of God’s resources? There is no Earth-worship here.

  4. Correct Jean-Martin. There is no earth-worship by us. But the environmental stewardship efforts by people like you and I do not get the press coverage.

    Ironically, I’m an example. I work in the environmental safety business. I’m regularly asked by this group or that group to support any number of nutty environmental initiatives. But when I try to participate with science, facts, and a religious perspective I am suddenly excluded. Especially when they learn I do not support the political action agendas driving their nuttiness.

    Effectively, I refuse to worship at their earth altar so they brand me an enviro-heretic and send me packing. The truly ironic thing about their position is I often influence environmental safety policy in their favor, just not on behalf of their priorities.

    It really short-circuits their thought process to see fundamentalist right-wing religious people promoting environmental safety, without a desire to also worshiping the environment.

  5. The purpose of Palm Sunday and the Palms should be to focus all attention on Christ and not on anything else –except perhas that we all need him (the Law side of the ledger).

    That said, getting Palm fronds in the best way for the earth (which we are stewards of) and in a way that doesn’t harm people is totally appropriate.

    My comment is to figure out what it is you are against when you read such things and focus like a laser on that.

    This environmentalist tries hard to hold fast to correct doctrine, so please be careful with your broad brushes.

  6. As we urge Timotheos to be careful, let us remember the first sentence of his original post: “Not sure whether to be sarcastic about this or not”

    Based on that, we should be careful before we accuse him of anything.

  7. You are right David. It depends on what “issue” we want to draw attention to.

    Are we drawing the attention of the activists to Christ, or are we trying to draw the attention of Christians to the activism.

    Further in the article we find the “issue”:
    “Christian stewardship intends to be as thorough as possible,” said Berg-Moberg, whose church was in the pilot palm program last year and purchased the palms again this year. “We are affecting people we never meet or see because we celebrate Palm Sunday using these palms. This means our worship practices have an impact on forests in Central America. It’s all too easy to ignore such hidden connections.”

    As long as the Palm Sunday Worship doesn’t become about forests in Central America.

  8. I agree Lawrence.

    And Michael, my “broad brushes” comment was not addressing Timotheos but Captain Catechism’s “Eco-Terrorist” label.

    I think Timotheos raised an important point regarding doctrine and made for a useful post.

    Reading the article, I can praise finding palms in the best, least harmful way, but can’t get past those quoted who seem to place what we do in celebration and the message about fronds above the work and person of Christ. It almost borders on heresy in my view.

    Thanks all for listening.

  9. Just to clarify:
    I am from the Northwest (arguably the environmentalist capitol of the world). I know the difference between responsible environmental concerns and the agendas of those who would damage the reputation of the enviornmentalists in order to make a point for the secular worldview. Those are the “enviro-terrorists” I refer to and I make no appologies for that.

    They act so concerned that they are harvested correctly, but if they are so worried about free-trade violations harvest them here in the USA Like that one Baptist Church group. We produce MORE than enough. I also notice that they are patting themselves on the back for giving the nice Latin American people a whopping 22 per stem. (the real reason they don’t harvest them in the USA, BTW) It takes a lot of picking to feed the family. They seem more worried about birds and bio-diversity than the hard working Latino’s picking their palm fronds for mere pennies.

    So please, cut me some slack when you accuse me of “broad stroaking” this particular group for trying to bring a secular agenda into a Church festival.

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    end of rant

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