Discussion in 'The Commons' started by Botolph, Sep 1, 2023.
You've never had S'mores? Oh my! https://www.hersheyland.com/stories/how-to-make-smores-at-home.html
I do think it is possible that the great evangelical opportunity of our age is to be found in the enlarged environmentally aware mindset of our generation. None the less we also have the opportunity to make a complete botch of it and basically sell the gospel down the river.
I don't think The Season of Creation should be seen as a 'secular theme'.
The secular world sees the environment as important because it's all they have. There is nothing beyond the molecular reality that is to be understood as the fluke of history.
Christians see the environment as important, as it is a sacred charge of the divine that we should be good and faithful stewards of what we have received so that we might hand this sacred duty on to those who come after us. Our care of creation is a mirror of our relationship with the creator.
My point is that some see a season of creation as an eco-green church movement with God tacked on as an optional extra, they will miss the point and the opportunity.
Fundamentally we need to get our theology sorted. Hence my earlier comment.
I got an 'Access denied message' when I hit your hershey link. I'm guessing UK servers assume there is something disgustingly unhealthy trying to get onto my screen at me.
Yes, apparently a dessert that combines chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker offends the sensibilities of Brits' handlers. You might have to go onto the 'dark web' to learn the recipe!
Will the church be seen as a tacit supporter of environmental activism?
It is in my view quite possible to speak well of creation and the environment without needing to support eco-terrorism. In many issues in life, there are levels and measures. Undoubtedly, many of those engaged in these activities would seek to invoke their right under the First Amendment. I presume that both you and the Church would want to support the 1st Amendment rights, recognising that the limitations to those rights are found in upholding the rights of others to go about the doings of the day, be that attending a mud fest or watching a tennis match.
Whilst I am aware that as an Australian I don't have the luxury of a 1st Amendment, It is clear that these rights are generally understood in Western Liberal Democracies, and the Church would support us in those, without needing to give tacit or implied support of eco-terrorism.
Out of interest, what level of support do you provide for the Burning Man Festival?
No support, only toleration. It's definitely a decadent event, and the only reason I might ever have to attend would be if I thought I could hand out gospel tracts without getting beat up!
Experienced UK camper here, in British English a "s'more" is a toasted marshmallow, and a square of dark chocolate, sandwhiched in between two digestive biscuits. Use chocolate digestives for extra chocolatey version. Toast marshmallow on a camp fire near your pitched tent for truly authentic scout like experience, have one on November 5th for "s'mores with a bang in the background, or just comfort food one for yourself anywhere anytime you can find a flame and the ingredients.