Following on from yesterday’s post, the Guardian has another letter on the subject of the role of faith communities in responding to climate change.
My experience suggests Lord May has a challenge on his hands if he expects most church leaders to play a role in mobilising people to take action against global warming (Report, 7 September). At a local “Churches Together” meeting on Monday, when I suggested that our collective witness could include facing up to environmental challenges, I was firmly put in my place. It seems half the world can disappear underwater so long as a few people locally “turn to Christ” which, apparently, is our true priority. Help!
Rev Mike Claridge
Vicar and Methodist minister, West Bromwich
(As it goes, I know Mike a bit, though I’ve not seen him in years. We trained at the same college. But that’s by the by)
Sadly, I suspect he’s right. There are too many Christians who see mission in purely individual, save-the-soul-nothing-else-matters, terms.
But they’re wrong.
The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, famously said that there was ‘no holiness but social holiness’. The simple fact is that climate change poses a significant threat to the well-being of millions of people around the world.
A Christian witness that refuses to take that seriously is no witness at all.