An archbishop, by definition, is supposed to have acquired a certain level of learning and wisdom that he can offer to others.
By that definition, Justin Welby, the current Archbishop of Canterbury must be evidence of the Peter Principle in operation. The Peter Principle states that, in a hierarchy, employees tend to rise to the level of their incompetence.
To the casual observer, Webly’s official positions appear to have more to do with pleasing the people and conforming to shifting moral fashions of the day than they do with advancing the word and will of a thrice-holy, unchanging God. (James 4:4 might have something meaningful to say on that point.)
Being as the eyes of the world had turned to Scotland for the climate conference, the Archbishop took his turn to impress the world with how devoted he is to … some cause rather than the gospel.
But, being light on wisdom, he oversold his devotion to the cause, in a really REALLY insensitive way.
He went straight to the Hitlerian hyperbole. And now he’s got to dig himself out of the hole he made for himself. He said the following to the BBC in which his passions got really whipped up into a frenzy…
Mr Welby said in the interview: ‘People will speak of them (current world leaders) in far stronger terms than we speak today of the politicians of the 30s, of the politicians who ignored what was happening in Nazi Germany because this will kill people all around the world for generations, and we will have no means of averting it.’
Asked whether that mean failure to act on climate change would be worse than people allowing genocide to happen, he replied: ‘It will allow a genocide on an infinitely greater scale.
‘I’m not sure there’s grades of genocide, but there’s width of genocide, and this will be genocide indirectly, by negligence, recklessness, that will in the end come back to us or to our children and grandchildren.’ —DailyMail
He realized his mistake almost right away.
By ‘almost right away’ we mean that he gave his apology in reply to BBC reporter Laura Kuenssberg’s tweet about that interview.
That summary of his position is some pretty ugly framing of the point he thought he was making. Maybe jumping on every political bandwagon isn’t always the best policy.
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