February 2007: Celebrating a creation-friendly Lent
Issue 1, Volume 2
February 20, 2007
"Our God is the God of all, the God of heaven and earth, of the sea and of the rivers.
The God of the sun and of the moon and of all the stars;
The God of the lofty mountains and of the lowly valleys. He has His dwelling round heaven and earth, and sea, and all that in them is."
- St. Patrick
Celebrating a creation-friendly Lent
This Wednesday begins the holy season of Lent, a time of forty-six days for Christians to anticipate and remember Christ's death and resurrection, by fasting from something. The Lenten fast was traditionally practiced by Roman Catholics and liturgical Protestants as an abstaining from meat and sometimes animal products, or sometimes from more than one daily meal. And today, many more Christians are rediscovering this ancient custom, and use it to fast from all sorts of things (candy, alcohol, TV, movies, sex, books, computers, etc.) as a way of identifying with Christ's sufferings and to journey closer to the Lord.
We at Restoring Eden believe that Lent is a great opportunity to implement Christ's saving work on the cross for all of creation (Col 1:20) by fasting from a practice which harms His world. Specifically, there are many fasts God's church can practice that can prevent climate change, which looms large in the news and scientific journals as the most eminently epic threat to creation today.
We invite you to join us in this holy season by fasting from one or more of the following four activities which are contributing to climate change, and actively practice the fifth:
Driving alone to church or school (instead: walk, bike, bus, or carpool)
Eating meat daily (instead: meat fast on weekdays)
Using laundry dryers (instead: hang clothes to dry as weather and space permits)
Eating food grown overseas (instead: eat more local food)
Buy some energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and change a packet's worth of bulbs in your house every week until Easter.
May these next forty-six days be a chance for you to experiment in creation-friendly lifestyle fasts, and let us all consider making them lifelong habits in service to God's kingdom.
Cheers and blessings,