Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Opus 2012-294: I Am Not a Pollutant

I am not an “environmentalist.”  I am a steward.  I am a believer in the stewardship of the Earth as God commissioned mankind to be. 
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth." (NASB)
Or I guess you could say I am a “subdue-er.”   That does not mean destroy or waste.  The earth is not god but it is God’s and I am responsible for how I use it.

I try to be open to ideas that make sense in that stewardship.  One of the good inputs from the Greenies is a concern for the toxic materials in batteries.  All you need to do is read the labels to be concerned:  Alkaline, cadmium, lithium, etc., don’t sound like healthy things to have in quantity.  I keep a container to put them in and when I have enough I drop them off at a local library that has a box for old batteries. 

There should be a rational, balanced way in which we can all acknowledge a concern for the environment.  We need to start by recognizing the different foundations we come from.  Whether they are aware of it or not, the extreme environmentalists worship the earth and nature as a god.  They view it as sacrilege to do anything that would damage the perfect balance of nature and they look at man as a pollutant as well as a polluter.  If the choice is between a human and a redwood, the redwood wins.

As a Christian I view the earth as a creation of the eternal God, not a god itself.  It is only a part of the whole.  When God made man, He designed us with an awareness of the world we were put into.  That world has built in safeguards that allow for us to flourish if we simply accept our responsibility as the pinnacle of creation.  Just as reasonable people don’t trash their homes and neglect their families, so we don’t mistreat the world we live in.  Like a home, the world is here for our use and enjoyment.  We are not pollution, we are people.

homo unius libri


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.