Sydney Morning Herald
April 23, 2011
THE crippling of Japan, the devastation of Christchurch and the floods that ravaged Queensland were not the work of God, church leaders said.
But the leader of one of Sydney’s three main Christian denominations blamed man for some disasters that caused human suffering.
The Moderator of the Uniting Church Synod of NSW and ACT, the Reverend Niall Reid, said in his Easter message that climate change was the result of ”unsustainable, unfettered and unthinking addiction to economic growth”, and those who could not entertain a less destructive path were like those who sent Jesus to the Cross for expediency’s sake.
Rising sea levels and more ferocious storms, floods and fires caused by climate change had the potential to threaten food security, exacerbate poverty and create an environment ripe for war, he said.
”God is found in the lives of those who seek remedies and work towards God’s vision of a reconciled and renewed creation,” he said.
This article was posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 4:48 am