Save the Earth By Loving Thy Neighbor

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All creation is eagerly waiting for God to reveal who his children are. Creation was subjected to frustration but not by its own choice. The one who subjected it to frustration did so in the hope that it would also be set free from slavery to decay in order to share the glorious freedom that the children of God will have. We know that all creation has been groaning with the pains of childbirth up to the present time.Romans 8:19-22 (GW)

For the commandments, You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:9-10 (NKJV)

Today is Earth Day, and I am hard pressed not to scream at the top of my lungs ENOUGH already! Last night my favorite show American Idol was overrun with environmentalist all trotting out the poor and sickly around the world with pleas for help. THROW them a life line they ask, while showing us pictures of poor souls dying from Malaria. The report goes on to say how many children are affected by this deadly disease and I want to scream… KILL THE MOSQUITOES and the disease will stop. BUT no because of Environmental policies enacted years ago these poor souls are allowed to die because the EPA decided that DDT was hazardous to birds. DDT is very effective at wiping out mosquito populations which would cut way down on the spread of malaria, HEY it worked in the United States didn’t it?

OH NO instead every year we will run ads showing sick kids dying of malaria and ask for money for mosquito nets. To an environmentalist I guess this makes sense. To a thinking caring person this is lunacy. Get to the source of the problem and eradicate it to protect the population. But no environmentalists would rather kill the population to save the planet. It would seem to me the environmentalist sees human beings as the pollutant that should be eliminated from the earth in order for the earth to return to it’s pristine state. There is nothing loving or caring about this approach. It would be far more loving to kill the mosquitoes than to watch loved ones die.

To add insult to injury, the segment addressing the aids problem in Africa was showcased by Ellen Degeneres and Annie Lennox (somewhat of a pop icon for the LBTG community). Annie did her segment while wearing an HIV Positive tee-shirt. Although not HIV positive herself she says she dons the apparel to highlight AIDS awareness. Annie got her iconic status from her earlier days with the Eurythmics when she would cross dress to protest the male dominance of the rock scene, the symbolism stuck. Perhaps the gay culture would be better served if she wore a Jesus saved me and he can save you too tee-shirt?

And then the United Nations Foundation promoting programs to help Haiti and to fight climate change and promote peace. But a recent report cited the UN with wasting 2/3rd of aid money feathering their own nests instead of tending to the needs of those they are given money to aid. But that did not stop them from being on Idol and asking America for more money.

Then there is the EPA asking us to RECYCLE all the time and yet one of their former policy administrators says that sometimes it just does not make GOOD SENSE to recycle everything, because the costs to the environment of recycling is worse than just disposing of it. Like any other government agency the EPA has to invent ways to stay relevant and thus a needed organization. They can not admit that their work is done so they need to continue to come up with pollutants and ways to battle them. So now they are on to man-made global warming and CO2 as a pollutant and let us not forget ’green energy’. Who ever would have thought the day would come when BREATHING was damaging the earth.

The ’green’ gospel

The whole ’GREEN MOVEMENT’ has become a religion in and of itself most of which is based on secular humanistic teachings and ideologies. This religion has worship and sacrifice and rewards and punishments. There are rituals to follow and creeds to recite. There are even offerings collected as last nights American Idol demonstrated.

Now I am all for helping my neighbor, but by helping I just do not want to help them stay alive in their situation. I want to see their situation change for the better, therefore it is necessary to tackle the bigger issues surrounding their lot in life. Most of the aid given to these countries is like throwing a rescue ring to a drowning man and leaving him in the water.

The founder of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation says churches should be wary of Earth Day environmentalism. The Rev. Calvin Beisner tells The Associated Press that while it is laudable to care for God’s creation, that should never become another “gospel” that diverts churches’ focus from preaching salvation in Jesus Christ. To this add a resounding AMEN!

The earth has been placed under a curse of sin and death ever since Adam disobeyed God in the garden. And until the time comes for the earth to be remade it will continue under this curse. In spite of all this there are still bright spots of hope. America and other wealthy nations are leading the way in setting an example that prosperity, and not government aid, is the best defense against environmental hazards. By helping a people out of poverty we elevate them to better care for themselves. Aiding them in poverty only adds to their helplessness. We need to give them a leg up and not simply a hand out.

To really save the earth however, we need to proclaim the gospel to every living creature. It is the power of the Gospel that is able to transform lives and make better citizens. So for earth day I say send missionaries and not money, preach the gospel of peace and not green peace, host prayer-a-thons instead of telethons and in so doing you can make a significant difference in the lives of others less fortunate than yourself. By giving them the light of life and the hope of eternity, you will have saved a soul and thus helped save the planet. Have a truly blessed Earth Day.

But those who are waiting for the Lord will have new strength; they will get wings like eagles: running, they will not be tired, and walking, they will have no weariness. Isaiah 40:31 (BBE)

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