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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

How Should Christians Respond to Environmental Movements?

Today the chuckwagon is serving up two items to sink your teeth into instead of one, but they're of the same kind.

We've discussed the environmental movement and Earth Day on this site several times, and I like to learn about their history. But this time, we're riding the trail quite a ways back. Evolution is an ancient pagan religion that did not start with Charles Darwin. At his time, Christians were letting secularists take over control of science and impose their naturalistic presuppositions on it. Other speculations about scientific evolution were in the works (he plagiarized no small amount of his "theory"), and we had Hutton, Lyell and others giving long ages to the earth, not bothering with evidence, just opinions. Chuckie went along with the herd, eventually publishing is book in 1859.

Social Darwinism was rising in the United States, and eugenics was becoming popular. Eugenics is a contributing factor in abortion, which is an evil unleashed on modern society. Germany liked what America was doing in regards to eugenics.

Environmentalism is not a modern concept, and has ties to evolutionism and paganism. How should a Christian respond?
Allegory of Earth by Cornelis and Paul de Vos, ca. 1600
Pagan evolutionism was well-rooted in Germany, and played a part in World War I. When Fascism came to power, evolution was a part of that system as well, since Fascism has pagan roots, and there was something called "Eco-Fascism". The Nazi legal system had a Darwinian foundation. Atheism relies on evolution as a foundation, and it should not be surprise that we're seeing a rise in Atheo-Fascism.

Now we come to the first link. While I don't endorse everything that's said in this podcast, there is quite a bit of information to think about and investigate for yourselves. I reckon that it has the ring of truth, and several things discussed fit in with what I had already researched myself. Take a look at the podcast, "View from the Bunker — Nazi Oaks". The audio download is free, or listen online. Don't forget to come back for the second link, below.

Glad you found your way back. That podcast was interesting, to say the least! Makes you want to dig in and do some research, doesn't it? I gave you some links above to help you get started, you know.

The second link is to an article. People have misrepresented Christians and  creationists (that's nothing new) about our views on environmentalism. We have what is sometimes call the "dominion mandate", which Christians take to mean stewardship. It's our job to take care of the earth, and not misuse it for selfish gain. Some may think that we're shying away from the environmental movement because of its history and how extremists actually want to kill people for the sake of the planet. Not hardly. Sure, some Christians may feel that way, but essentially, our view is reasonable and based on the Scriptures.
What should be the Christian response to the environmental concerns of the Green Movement? Because it has been taken up as a popular cause by people who often are against conservative Christian principles, does that mean we should therefore be anti-environment? Is there something inherently wrong with wanting to be environmentally conscientious? Or have we become so ingrained to fight against anything that is endorsed by secular media and evolutionary scientific propaganda that we don’t even examine what we are fighting?

What is our responsibility to the earth and to its inhabitants? Bible-believing Christians are often falsely accused of being anti-earth because we believe that God gave mankind dominion over the earth as stated in Genesis 1:28 and implied again in Genesis 9:1–2 after the Flood. What does this dominion mandate really equate to? Does it give us free reign to mistreat animals, pollute rivers, and poison our atmosphere? More importantly, is this what God would have us do in accordance with His character?
To read the rest, click on "Is Stewardship the Same as Going Green?"