Worship the Creator, not the Creation

As I tour prospective parents around the Renton Christian campus and introduce them to our school, questions regarding curriculum inevitably arises.  I summarize our biblical worldview upon which all of our curriculum is based by saying we teach about the Creator and his creation.  As students learn science, history, math, social studies and all the other subjects, one learns about the magnificent God who put it into place (see “God’s Systems” video).

The Bible makes clear that amongst the creatures He made, human beings are distinct and special from the rest.  No one else has been created in his image with an eternal soul, the ability of complex rationale thought, and the invitation for a personal relationship with God Almighty.  He knew us before we were even born.  King David declared this in Psalm 139,

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth (Psalm 139:13-15).  Human beings are special and the earth was created for our needs and comforts.

Secular American culture teaches that your children are no more special than an Orca whale, a spotted owl, or a tree from an old-growth forest.  As a result, the idea is pressed that the animals and trees have as much right to the space on earth as humans do.  This perspective rejects the Creator, minimizes the value of his prize creation (us), and elevates the rest of creation to a place of worship that is not appropriate.

My sense of tree-huggers is they perceive themselves to be the most enlightened among us.  Yet worship of the sun, moon, stars, trees, and mountains is the most ancient form of idolotry known to the world.  Radical environmentalists, and others who worship earth (Wiccans, for example), are the oldest re-treads one could ever find.  One could say they are the least illuminated among us.  They have repackaged a false ideology that has existed in a variety of forms for thousands of years.  I can think of the worshippers of Ra and the Druids, to name a few, in a long list of occultic religions found in human history.  Today, the radical environmentalist movement, whose doctrines have permeated the political arena in the United States, Europe and much of the world, seek to prevent human use of land, water and natural resources.  They teach evolution, global warming, the need for green energy, and an overall attitude that humans are a nuisance at best, and destructive at worst, and should apologize for using the earth’s resources.  And for the earth-worshippers, these are moral issues.  Those who do not believe in their doctrines should be labeled heretics and called out for their “sin” (drilling for oil, cutting down trees, fishing, hunting, driving SUVs).  This is worship of creation, and not the Creator. 

As Christians, we must be careful not to allow the “wisdom” of this age to infiltrate our minds and behaviors.  It is a challenge because we are inundated through the media, public school curriculum, college professors, and politicians, with friendly-sounding terms such as “sustainability,” “carbon footprint,” and “green energy.”  These are rooted in the concept that there is no God and human beings are the problem.  God does not view us in this way and doesn’t want us to believe it either.  Your children (and you as well) were specially created by God and placed on a planet made just for us.

Let’s enjoy God’s wonderful creation that he made for our provision and pleasure.  Not to do so is an insult to the Creator.  Let’s be good stewards of what has been given to us so that the generations that follow can live the full life God intended when he made the Garden of Eden.  Worship the Creator, love others, and enjoy his creation.  Only God could come up with something as marvelous as planet earth, and then place people as incredible as we are to maintain it.

 

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2 Comments

  1. natalie
    Posted January 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm | Permalink

    Erik,

    Thank you for addressing such a controversial topic. There are people who feel very passionately about this subject from one end of the spectrum to the other. I think it’s important to also acknowledge that this is not such a black and white issue.

    Spreading the gospel, the good news of Jesus is the most important thing anyone can do. But, there are also many other important tasks, I believe God has called each of us to do as well. One of those things is environmental education. Yes, it is true, within that field, you will find people of many different faiths, beliefs and religions. But at the heart of the issue, majority of the people working in the field, I believe, feel led to be good stewards of this beautiful earth God has blessed us with.

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately of the problems of this world, I made a list of all the things I thought needed fixing on a socio-economic level and an environmental level. Then I sat down and thought long and hard about what would be the easiest solution to fix all these problems. Do you know what answer I came up with? Jesus. If we all just followed Jesus’s teachings, all our problems would be solved. I discovered that the majority of the problems on the socio-economic side were based on morality issues. The majority the problems on the environmental side were also moral issues, but had more to do with respect for life, and resources, and wisdom for how to be good managers.

    I’m guessing that you feel strongly about this issue as well, or you wouldn’t have written such a poignant piece about it. And I’m also guessing, that maybe this blog entry is meant more for extremist, or those who threaten your view of Christ and God and the Word. However, you make mention of a lot of things that are actually really important for all people to understand and be educated about.

    When people in the field of environmental education are trying to teach the next generation about evolution and sustainability, carbon footprints, climate change, and global warming, they are not trying to disrespect God or convert people away from God, they are trying to help people understand that the earth is something we are responsible for, something we have been put in charge of.

    Yes, put in charge of. But not to abuse, over use, exploit, degrade, destruct. We are to care for it, sustain it, keep it clean, etc. There are many of us in environmental education, who are not against God, His Word, or His teachings.

    Like I stated before, there are going to be many different people who work in this field, those who whole heartedly believe in God, and those who do not. But that does not change the importance of education – of understanding how the earth works, understanding ecology, biodiversity, all the known and unknown species, etc.

    I for one love God, His son Jesus, and His Word. But I also feel called to protect and help His creation – this world, for all people to enjoy. Part of that means, helping educate people about how the earth works best. What is good for it, and what damages it.

    I guess I just felt compelled to put it out there, as a reminder, that we all feel passionately about certain subjects, but education, understanding, open-mindedness, and acceptance I think is the key to true wisdom, not just one-sided intelligence.

    Thanks Erik, again, for opening up this controversial subject. Blessings on you and your ministry.

    – Natalie

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