Since She Mentioned It….

Michele Bachmann, Republican Representative from Minnesota, has made headlines for some recent comments directed at Nancy Pelosi and the Environmental movement.

I hesitate to judge Rep. Bachmann’s faith, but it seems to me that for Michelle Bachmann, like so many politicians, Christianity is merely another bludgeon to be used to beat one’s opponents. In short, in her effort to make a pithy retort to Speaker Pelosi, Michele Bachmann has provided a rather shallow understanding Christianity.

Quoting Rep. Bachmann: “[Speaker Pelosi]’s just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet — we didn’t need Nancy Pelosi to do that.”

Basically, we don’t need to do anything because Jesus did it already. The Representative is right in pointing out the salvific work of Jesus of Nazareth for the whole of Creation. But her conclusion is unbiblical.

What should have been said is this: as Christians we should be active in saving the Earth because Jesus already did.

I’ll quote now from N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope (which I highly recommend) because the Bishop of Durham explains this better than I ever could. Continue reading

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Let’s Stop This

Just after bragging about my beloved hometown of Plainfield, it seems that the Plainfield Plan Commission has approved a Meijer store on the land formerly used for Little League baseball and soccer. The area is off of Dan Jones Road just north of US40, and rather close to several established neighborhoods. Let’s all write or call the Town Council and tell them that if we want over-developed retail, we’ll go to Avon. In the meantime, if you’d really like to shop at Meijer, they have 2 stores within 10 miles of the Dan Jones site – Avon and Camby. Additionally, Plainfield residents have a Target, Wal-Mart, and a massive shopping mall, several grocery stores and pharmacies, etc, etc, to chose from already.

Update: After discussing this with my better half, Alison pointed out that the new store will be along the bike trail system Plainfield is investing in. So, that is a plus for the new store, though I still wonder if Plainfield can support so many super-centers.