The recent G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada, over and above dealing with social, political and economic issues affecting the world, the summit leaders also discussed marine pollution due to the discarding of plastic products in the seas and oceans. The THROWAWAY CULTURE is responsible for the destruction of sea life. The hardest hit are the whales which consume these plastics on a large scale hence their untimely death. The throwaway culture is sentencing sea creatures to slow and painful deaths.
Ezra narrates the story of the rebuilding of the temple foundation after the Babylonian captivity. It was the young Jewish architects, quantity surveyors and civil engineers who had acquired their building skills in Babylon who rebuilt the temple foundation. Unfortunately they did not bother to consult the older generation who had seen the previous structure of the temple. They were viewed as people with archaic ideas hence at the dedication of the new foundation these old people wept whilst the younger generation made shouts of joy to a point that you could not tell whether it was the sound of weeping or the sound of rejoicing. A Church worth its salt must always pause for a moment when it sees its veterans weeping because they do so for a reason.
Could it be that the throwaway culture is no longer just discarding material items like plastics, it is also discarding items of sentimental value like our cultural values, moral values, spiritual values and heritage. Furthermore the throwaway culture is now indiscriminately discarding human beings as disposable entities right from unborn babies, children, young people and old people. The Christian community is equally guilty of discarding its own cadres young and old, laity and clergy. Parishioners and Pastors are treated as commodities which can lose value and then be discarded as trash. The spirit of the throwaway culture is indeed with us. At some point one prominent African theologian proposed the rewriting of the bible in the spirit of throwaway culture. The same throwaway spirit is manifesting itself through the discarding of the authority of the bible, Church law, constitution and regulations as irrelevant and outdated. The throwaway culture is trading our spiritual heritage in exchange of secular theories hence the secularisation of the sacred. The throwaway culture devalues relationships, lacks appreciation of the wisdom of elders and abandons the honour code whereby we are required to honour our parents and our spiritual shepherds. A Church that discards its pastors, elders and parishioners runs the risk of marring its future because a special future is informed by its past. Christians who discard or abandon their parents whether those parents are believers or not run the risk of discarding a blessing which only a parent can dispense. Similarly Christians who discard their spiritual shepherds also run the risk of depriving themselves of the blessing which only a spiritual shepherd can dispense. Forewarned is forearmed. I rest my case.