Earth Day 2013: What did you do?

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I was watching “The Five” yesterday on Fox and Bob Beckel asked his fellow co-hosts, “How did you celebrate Earth Day?”  Their responses were predictable.  And funny.

Somehow I had forgotten all about Earth Day!  But I did mow my grass.  And bought some Scott’s weed and feed to put on my lawn.  Does that count?

Personally, I share Greg Gutfeld’s and Eric Bolling’s skepticism about “global warming.”  Especially after all the cold and snow we had in Kansas City this year.   Of course, environmentalists have changed the language and call it “climate change.”

A quick check of the Earth Day web page expresses their environmental concerns, ”Our planet, our home is being neglected. Climate change continues unabated. It seems there’s a new ecological disaster happening almost daily. This Earth Day it’s time to mobilize the planet from the ground up to send a message that the earth  won’t wait.”

Their web page recounts the first earth day on April 22, 1970. About their activities. About their leadership. And causes they are promoting. I’m not sure of the spiritual or religious persuasion of those heavily involved in earth day, if any, so I will not make any assertions. I have read a couple of blogs that charged earth day advocates with paganism and worshiping the earth. I seriously doubt that is a fair characterization of everyone concerned about the environment.

However, it does seem to me that there is an inordinate concern over this temporary place we called earth.

Now don’t get me wrong! We recycle. I believe we should be good stewards of our resources. I was taught as a kid, “waste not, want not.” But as my Mom used to say, “We’re not put on this earth to live forever!” Earth is a temporary dwelling place, as we journey to our permanent home–Heaven.

The Bible has a lot to say about the earth. God created the earth (Gen. 1:1). As the Psalmist exclaimed, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein” (Ps 24:1). In fact, not only the inhabitants worship but the earth itself is pictured as quaking in the presence of its Maker. “Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth” (Ps 96:9) .

Psalm 148 metaphorically depicts the earth and the cosmos praising the Creator. The sun. The moon. The stars. The fish of the sea. The beasts of the field. The birds of the air. They all praise God. And exalt His holy name.

There was a sad time in history when people worshiped and served creation instead of the Creator (Rom. 1:18-25). The apostle Paul said this misplaced adulation led to sinful pride, ungodly attitudes, immoral actions and perverted, unnatural behavior. In view of today’s ungodly culture, it’s kinda ironic, isn’t it?

One writer said every day ought to be earth day. I agree! Every day let’s thank God for this world in which we live. Let’s appreciate it. Enjoy it! And be good stewards of our Father’s benevolent blessings.

So, as I live on this earth, I will be warmed by its sunshine. And be thankful for the nourishing rain. I will eat of its fruit. And the grain. And the vegetables. And yes, even the animals that God gave us not only for food, but for clothing.

Earth’s bounty. It’s all good. It’s all from God. Enjoy “earth day!”  Everyday!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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9 responses to “Earth Day 2013: What did you do?

  1. julie davidson

    AMEN! and, once again…thanks for the encouragement to start my day out right! 🙂 in His love, Julie

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  2. Ken you are a thoughtful writer and creative as well.

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  3. Steve Segrest

    My Goodness! I am academically trained and work in the field of environmental science. In one fell swoop, you twisted my beliefs in God’s command for stewardship with inferences to paganism and an ungodly culture (citing Romans). On the plus side, I now can look forward to seeing you in Heaven and saying “Look! I’m here also!” (as will a gazillion other Christians who believe in things like clean water and clean air for our children).

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    • LOL! Well, Steve, I think you are reading something into this postthat I didn’t say! Wasn’t accusing everyone with enviromental concerns with being pagans. And I said that I believe in good stewardship. I certainly want clean air and water for our children! Hey, we even recycle! (I said that, didn’t I?) I guess I just don’t buy in too much to the Al Gore’s of the world whoare wringing their handsabout Global warming. Of course, now it’s being changed to refer to climate change! Maybe that’s since we’ve had so much cold weather lately! My point really, that an inordinate preoccuption thisearthmisses thefact that God is eventually going to destroy the world…it’s not our permament home! That’s all I’m saying. Of course, there are some that do worship the creation instead of the Creator. But I wouldn’t accuse Christians involved in environmental science of falling into that cult! 🙂 So carry on, Steve, and keep making the earth safe while were’s here….at least until God destroys it! (2Pet 3:9-10) Then we will really have global warming!

      Ken Weliever 400 NW Highcliffe Dr Lee’s Summit, MO 64081 Home Phone: 816-600-5001 Cell Phone: 813-507-1726 Church Office: 816-761-2659 preacherman@weliever.net web site: http://www.weliever.net/ blog: http://www.thepreachersword.com/ Church web site: http://hickmanchurch.com/

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  4. Excellent thoughts. Outstanding.

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  5. Fae Nolte

    Thanks, Ken! I’m always reminded of God’s message to Noah when he came out of the ark … Gen. 8:22 “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” We are to be good stewards (as you stated), but all the rest remains with God.

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