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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Al Gore Speaks To New Baptist Covenant

Today’s luncheon with former Vice-President Al Gore began with a presentation to Gore from Robert Parham, Executive-Director of the Baptist Center for Ethics also known as EthicsDaily.com. Parham presented Gore with a GREEN BIBLE! (Watch Video HERE)

Gore thanked President Carter & Mrs. Carter for “being the spirit” behind the Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant. He then introduced himself:

I am Al Gore and I used to be the next President of the United States of America. That’s not funny to me. I flew on Air Force 2 for 8 years and now I have to take off my shoes to get on an airplane!

Gore on the Climate Crisis:

“Here we are the beginning of the 21st century facing a Climate Crisis, a word that conveys a sense of alarm. In every crisis, there is an opportunity for a new awakening and a reassessment and change of course and an opportunity to do things better. That’s what the Climate Crisis is all about.”

“I think there is a distinct possibility of one of the messages coming out of this gathering and this New Baptist Covenant is Creation Care - that we who are Baptists of like mind in attempting to glorify God are not going to countenance the contempt on God’s Creation.”

“This is not a political issue. It is a moral issue. It is a spiritual issue. It is about our duty to our planet and our children. What about the rest of us? Do we have what it takes to do difficult things?...We brought forth freedom in this world. If we make up our minds to do it – WE CAN DO IT!”

Don’t tell me we can’t solve this Climate Crisis. If we had just one weeks worth of the money spend on the War in Iraq, we’d be well on our way to solving it!... Come let us reason together, inconvenient it may be!"

We’ll have more on the Al Gore luncheon later with guest commentary from Alexis Cooper of the Christian Life Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.



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