Earth Day Should Be Every Day
Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
Keep (Hebrew shamar) means “to exercise great care over.” In the context of Genesis 2:15, it expresses God’s wish that mankind, in the person of Adam, “take care of,” “guard,” or “watch over” the garden. A caretaker maintains and protects his charge so that he can return it to its owner in as good or better condition than when he received it.
So every day should be Earth Day.
It’s what my mother taught me. She was conservative with her usage, her care for her part of the world. She might not have had the resources to learn that we have now, but she sure did a lot of reading and as much as she could glean, she exercised in her care for her surroundings.
Environmentalists seem to think they own Earth Day. In fact, some of their views of the Bible is in error.
To environmentalists, letting man have dominion over the animals and being told to subdue the earth means that God gives man free rein to do anything he wants to the planet—bend it to his uses and abuses, rape it of all its beauty and diversity—for his own benefit. “Does not the land have any rights?” they cry. “What about the plants and animals, birds and fish? What gives us the right to mine and burn and kill without care for nature?”
Certainly, God did not give man the authority to degrade and destroy His earth. Environmentalists are correct in saying that mankind should consider and address environmental concerns. They are quite wrong, however, to blame God for the earth’s ecological problems; He is not responsible for man’s destruction of the natural world.
To think that God gave man carte blanche to plunder and destroy the earth is simply ludicrous. He is its Creator! Why would He immediately command Adam to ruin it? Would any woodworker, upon just finishing a beautifully stained piece of furniture, tell his son to break it up for firewood? No! Just as God desires for His creation, the woodworker would put his handiwork to use and also care for it by keeping it waxed and dusted to prolong its life.
Here are some interesting facts about Earth Day…
* Even though environmentalists are distancing themselves from this man, Earth Day was co-founded by Ira Einhorn, you know, he killed and
composted his girlfriend, he later jumped bail and spent decades evading authorities by hiding out in Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom and France.
* That first Earth day, there were some serious predictions they made back then.
Behold the coming apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:
- “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
- “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
- “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
- “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
- “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
- “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
- “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
- “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
- “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
- “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
- “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.'” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
- “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine
- “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt
* The first Earth Day was celebrated in Central Park, 1970, a million people showed up. They destroyed the great lawn. It took years for the great lawn of Central Park to recover. According to Rush, “Earth Day, as it was established, is a political, quote, unquote, commemoration, holiday, don’t know if a holiday, but it has a political objective behind it. And it is rooted in an anti-capitalist political belief. It is designed to create in minds of young people like you that you in your natural state are destroying the earth and you must pay attention now to not do that anymore. And the way you can not destroy the earth is to do what Democrat politicians tell you to do and accept all tax increases to fix the damage that you’ve caused.”
I believe Rush is right, because if you watch what they DO, and not what they SAY, there is rarely a connection between the two. They’re phonies. As an added interest, Earth Day is also Vladimir Lenin’s birthday. Vladimir, by the way, is Russian for “Lord of the earth” or I’ve seen “Lord of the World.” Not sure if there is a real connection there.
So forget what THEY say, their crazy predictions, their destroying carbon taxes, and respect God’s creation, with this gift comes great responsibility.
To close, I’d love to share this story…
Every day Tommy Kleyn from Rotterdam, Netherlands, rides his bike to work. But there is one part of the route that’s not pleasant to see — the north corner of a canal that’s filled with trash. Read how one person treats every day like Earth Day…