These people enjoy and love nature. Every once in awhile they will stop and look at a sunset and be enraptured. They believe 5,000 year old redwoods are to be admired, protected and enjoyed. They recognize that the Grand Canyon is more than a big hole in the ground. They don’t like seeing the mansions of the rich taking up the best coast line. They recycled before it was called recycling.
At the same time they believe that trees in general are to be harvested and used to make life better. They prefer wood furniture to vinyl coated particle board. They want their A/C but they look for the most economical model.
Although they are not all Bible believers they accept a couple of standards given there. First, one of the earliest commandments that God laid down.
(Genesis 1:28 KJV) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.Notice that it says to “replenish” as well as “subdue.” Notice that human beings are to have “dominion” over the animals.
Second we have an example of how this works in a culture that used animals for work.
(Proverbs 12:10 KJV) A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.In other words, treat your animals well.
(Deuteronomy 25:4 KJV) Thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn.God designed the world just like He designed the human body. It has the ability to heal itself. Bacteria and oil slicks are an example. Remember all the weeping and gnashing of teeth over the oil spills awhile back? Remember how the President used it as an excuse to attack the oil companies and shut them down? Have you heard about the natural (God’s) solution. I didn’t think you had. It seems that a bacteria appeared that started attacking and breaking down the oil and turning it into environmentally friendly substances. In short, it ate the crude. Who’d of thought?
God would. It seems that the oceans are always leaking oil and these little creatures were put in the water to process this natural process. Funny how that works.
So are oil spills good? Of course not. But they are not the end of the world. They are no reason to stop drilling. They are no reason to take away our cars. They are not a legitimate reason for a freedom hating government to try to limit our access to mobility.
There are a lot of rational people doing the best they can to get along with nature. We live in it too.
To be continued...
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