God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
- Genesis 1:28
To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’
the ground because of you;
through painful toil you will eat food from it
all the days of your life.
It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
and you will eat the plants of the field.
By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.”
- Genesis 3:17-19
Ecologism, the religion of saving our planet from ourselves, is growing. It has no churches, as far as I know, but many in the churches have joined its numbers.
For those of us who have grandchildren – or might in the future, being insensitive toward the common things that we can do is indeed being wrong. We do not have to litter. We can recycle, although that has become a farce, with the trash collectors arriving first (at least at our house) and dumping everything into the trash. I have heard of stories where entire truck loads of plastic containers were dumped into the trash because one person did not rinse the last of the yogurt from the cup. (That could be a series of posts all on its own, thinking of Jesus talking about a little yeast spreads…) But how many gallons of water have been wasted rinsing the last of the yogurt from millions of cups? Was it a contaminated load of plastic or was the load discarded to the land fill because the trash company made more money at the land fill than they did recycling?
If I had money to burn, I would probably get a hybrid automobile, but I have heard that they never repay the increased sticker price in fuel savings. I would probably never go to an all-electric until charging stations are everywhere.
And improving insulation of your home is just good money sense.
But no, ecologism goes beyond those commonsense things in that we must save the planet ourselves. Why is the planet broken? Everyone blames carbon dioxide emissions, but the Bible said it was broken long before that. Genesis 3 says that man created the problem, and we cannot fix it. When the people on earth tried to “fix it” by building a tower and being equal to God, God fixed them, Genesis 11:1-8. Us fixing problems that have been brewing for thousands of years is not going to work now either.
With ecologism, there is a repentance, of sorts. Not to God, but to the ground beneath our feet that God created.
And all of us hear the preaching of ecologism every day.
I hear it in a simple bed linen commercial. You may have noticed the one brand of expensive sheets that is endorsed by three U.S. Presidents? Go on-line. They never identify the presidents. I could just as easily claim that all living presidents endorse this website, but I know a few that would hate it. But the line that is clear ecologism is “the sheets are ethically made with organic cotton.”
First, I am a chemical engineer by education and this redefinition of ‘organic’ has always bothered me. “Organic” to me is any carbon-based compound. Benzene is an organic compound. Sugar is an organic compound. Since cotton is naturally formed in a carbon-based plant, it is made up of organic compounds.
Second, from a botanist point of view, cotton comes from a plant. It is not chemically altered; thus it is ‘organic.’ It is physically altered in a gin, going from removing the husk and straightening out the boll into fibers that can be spun into thread and then weaved into cloth. Yet, each fiber is the same as one still attached to the plant.
Yes, I know. You do not spray the plants with chemicals that get washed into the streams and eventually go to the gulf and cause toxic algae blooms. But, how many of our organic foods today are really organic in that sense? I am sure some grower has claimed “organic” just to sell the produce at 4, 5, 6 times the price. And you buy it, because it has that label on it in the store and you “believe in the cause.”
And for the toxic algae blooms, we only have so many of those when there is flooding as we have had this year. We may always have a few without the floods, but we are a knee jerk society.
But let’s get to the clear ecologism of the commercial. It is “ethically” made with ‘organic’ cotton. You see, we do not need to heed God’s Laws anymore. Our ethics are now determined by a scientist who says that buying organic will save the planet. What utter garbage.
Will I ever buy this brand of sheets? Absolutely not. If I were given a set of these sheets, I would immediately think back to my youth when we ripped old sheets into thin strips, about four inches wide (10cm), to give to a charity for making bandages. If that is still done, they’d take new sheets, I’m sure.
There is an often-told story of the guy who was picking up sand dollars that had washed up on shore. As he tossed them back into the ocean, his friend said that sand dollars constantly wash onto shore. His efforts make no difference. The man picked up another and tossed it out to sea. He said, “It makes a difference to that one.”
In so doing, we should preserve our planet with reasonable means that are available to each of us. Ideas like: not littering, recycling, turning off lights, adjusting the thermostat, placing solar panels on the roof to save energy, getting a more energy efficient vehicle, making less trips in the car (combining errands and making a menu that leads to a grocery list), turning off the water at the faucet while brushing your teeth. A professor in college had us calculate how much water could be saved by placing a single brick into the toilet bowl (placed so that it does not interfere with the flushing mechanism). The result was an impressive amount of water when looking at an annual savings, and the older toilets (or water closets in many countries) would still flush properly. Probably the new ones that are labeled “environmentally friendly” would flush adequately also.
But our fate is set. God will end this madness, and this world, in His own time. Let’s not bow down to the earth, one of God’s creations.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.