Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ethos Environment: Christians and Earth Hour

Ethos Environment: Christians and Earth Hour

This is a very good article on Christians and Earth hour - discussing why Christians should participate in it and what they can do during it.

I particularly liked what the article said about symbolism. I listened to a podcast for Earth Hour last year that discussed whether it was empty symbolism and whether it made a difference. And it is true that one hour won't save the planet. But as Mick Pope rightly points out the Church 'should be accustomed to symbolism'. Symbolism is important. Anyone familiar with the bible would have to agree that symbolism is also important to God.

And I think one of the reasons why symbolism is so important is that it may not make a tangible difference in the world, but it does make a difference in our hearts.

Why did Jesus ask us to partake of communion in memory of Him? Maybe it's because He knew humans need those symbolic actions. It is not the action itself that counts, but what it stands for.

The same might be said for Earth Hour. It is not the action itself that matters, but what it represents.

The article also has some very good suggestions for how Christians can take part in Earth Hour.

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