I can remember the year 1982 more than other years. I was only a teen and it was the year of Knight Rider; the first CD player; Epcot opened at Disney World and I was there to experience it and the Magic Kingdom for the first time. It was during this visit that Disney held its first annual “Earth Day” event. I thought then (and still think today,) “What in the world does that mean?”
People worshiping trees seemed weird to me. Having grown up in church, Romans 1:25-27 came to my mind: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (26) For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: (27) And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
On Monday, April 22, 2013, the 31st “celebration” of this event took place. Once again, I was in Orlando and the floods of memories came back as I walked through the MCO Airport in Orlando, and saw people and posters advocating this event. By now, you are wondering where this blog is headed. What in the world does this have to do with anything? One poster I read said the following: “CELEBRATE EARTHDAY – bringing a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world by spreading environmental awareness . . .”
Excuse me, but having a “healthy environment” does not bring peace, justice, or a sustained world! Those results have never come from the created, but the Creator! Our entire world is groping for peace, justice, and longer sustained life. Romans 8:22-24, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. (23) And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?” My friends, Jesus Christ is the only right answer! We do not worship or celebrate Him once a year, we worship Him daily, and in particular, each and every 7th day – we call Sunday. How awesome it is to have a personal relationship with the Creator! It sure is better than hugging a tree.
I wanted to give you three points to ponder regarding Earth Day or any other man made scheme to bring peace, justice, and a sustained world:
1. The fate of the planet has never been and will never be in man’s hands; though we have been given responsibility to “keep it”. (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 24:1)
2. The fate of the planet is not the most important issue facing mankind. One day it will all be replaced anyway. (Romans 8:20-22, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1, Hebrews 1:10-12)
3. We should never worship “created things – including people”, we should worship the Creator! (Romans 1:25-27)
The greatest thing that happened to me in 1982 that brought these thoughts to full circle was the call on my life by God to be a gospel preacher. Life is grand when you promote HIM! I would not want to trade it for all the world!