Another black mark for Christianity
YESTERDAY was Palm Sunday, and in my neck of the woods, during the entire week before the pre-Easter event I saw vendors of palm crosses flogging the things on just about every street corner.
Palm Sunday, according to this report, is staged to:
To recall Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem for Passover week nearly 2,000 years ago, when cheering crowds waved palms, hailing what they expected to be a political savior.
The Rev Kevin Bazzel, pastor of St Paul’s Cathedral in Alabama, elaborated:
Palm Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week; it’s a time when we enter into the mysteries of our salvation.
It’s making present those mysteries. It’s a time for us to encounter Christ as he enters Jerusalem, as he carries the cross to Calvary and as he comes out of the tomb. It’s entering into the mystery of the Lord’s suffering, death and resurrection.
What Bazzel did not say is that the tradition comes at a high envirionmental cost.
According to this report, the demand for palm leaves by churches on Palm Sunday has created a market for illegally harvested palm leaves from the rain forests of Belize and is leading to deforestation and land degradation.
Palm Sundays are also precipitating the loss of biodiversity in Chiquibul National Park, one of the last great rainforest preserves in Central America, so we can add one more black mark to Christianity.