EARTH…the terrestrial frontier…These are the voyages of…WAIT!…That is another program track or trek. 😉 Today is indeed a special day; it is EARTH DAY! This day is fast becoming one of the biggest celebrations around the world! In fact, many groups and even big businesses are making the entire month of April a time of celebration for the incredible planet we live on–EARTH. Disney is also releasing a movie under this “EARTH” title. Did you know that despite what some science fiction stories say (it is “science fiction”) there is NO OTHER PLACE LIKE EARTH IN THE UNIVERSE! Earth is uniquely situated in space and the perfect distance from the sun to allow for life to be sustained. So, on this 39th celebration of Earth Day, why would I be relating it to tragedy?
The Bible says, “The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.” Now, if so many people around the world are beginning to think more about the earth and being more conscious of how we interact with the forces at work here, does it not follow that the Creator of this earth and even the rest of the Universe would be even more concerned? Some even take a more agnostic or deistic view of the Creator because they surmise that He either does not care so much about His earth (as they may even care) or else He is limited in power to change anything (see also my 01-13-09 Blog: “THEISM, A-theism and Deism”). The answer is readily found in what God has revealed to us. Of course the Creator is concerned about His Earth and everything and everyone connected to it! The entire Bible reveals how He has been, now is, and will yet be involved in what happens on the earth. In the future, He will even see that the heavens and earth are purified when everything is purged through fire (2 Peter 3:10ff). The foundations of the earth will endure forever (Psalm 104:5), yet He will re-form the heavens and earth anew.
Now, why is it that conditions on the earth seem to be getting worse and temperatures seem to be getting warmer or even cooler (depending on the time and particular scientist or person you ask)? There is more that God has revealed to us here! God allowed for sin to enter into the heavens through the fall of Lucifer (Isaiah 14:12) and upon the earth through the fall of mankind (Genesis 3:14-19; Romans 5:12). You may even wish to review my 04-22-08 Blog: “Mother Nature vs. Father Creator!” and my 07-12-08 Blog: “Paradise Lost.” God is allowing corruption into His Creation for a greater purpose and ultimate redemption in the future (Romans 8:20-23ff). He even provided the opportunity for personal redemption through His own personal sacrifice on the cross (Colossians 1:14ff). Jesus then conquered death through His Resurrection! As magnificent as our earth is, most agree this is not the best world today. It is, however, the best way to the best world!
The tragedy of Earth Day relates to a tragedy I have spoken about in many of my blogs. It is a lesson Virginia Tech needs to learn and one that America and the rest of the world also needs to learn. Romans 1:20ff explains the situation. People exchange the truth for a lie. They claim that evolution explains how we and all life forms came to be, so they replace God with “Mother nature” or even “Mother Earth,” as is often emphasized on this very day. They come to worship some aspect of the Creation or simply deify man, rather than acknowledge the Creator. Consider Romans 1:25:
“Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature [Creation] rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Be a responsible and good steward of this earth, but please don’t fall for the Earth Day tragedy!