Monday, July 03, 2006
Missing The Point
So the bottom line for the Baptists on the environment is for us to get more people saved. That?s wonderful; it really is. But when it comes to the environment, what good are more Christians who don't know how to live their lives in a way that will truly care for God's creation.I have to say, I think this entirely misses this idea the Baptists are laying forth.
Nobody yet really knows how to "live thier lives in a way that will truly care for God's creation." First of all, we do not understand God's created intent sufficiently yet. Did He create the world to be static or dynamic? What balancing point between? How, precisely, does the world even work?
You see, to figure out the standard laid forth here, we must have the perspective of God. Science certainly has not brought us that far. And, as best as I can tell, God is remaining mum on many of the questions. As creatures, we can never have the perspective of the Creator; therefore, our only option is to seek His advice. The path to His advice is indeed through study and evangelism.
Science may aid out understanding, but it can never fully define it. The biggest problem witht hte state of this particular science right now is that it is not properly informed by prayer, scripture and the Holy Spirit. Scientists themselves do ot, in general, place themselves into submission to God. Rather they seek to become God. The great battle between science and religion is not about facts, its about position. Many in science seek to put themselves in God's place, to, in fact, play God. The results of science cannot be reliable on the kinds of scales discussed here until the scientists themselves are God's men and women.
I've made this point before. There are two paths to end abortion. One is to overturn Roe v. Wade, then successfully lobby all the state legislature in the country to prevent them from legalizing it. The other is to evangelize the country. If everybody knows God and understands His priorities, then abortion will end, even with it being completely, secularly legal.
I wonder if it has dawned on Christian environmental activists, that God simply has higher priorities right now? Like maybe the eternal salvation of all mankind. I can't help but think that if all the climatologists and geologists, and chemists were Christians, with their minds subjected to His, that they might find many of the answers that are now elusive, or at least non-conclusive.
God chooses to exercise His control through us. Which means we need to be subject to Him for the world to operate as it should, environmentally, or any other way. Doesn't it then seem that evangelism is the logical first step? Can cooperation on a global scale even be contemplated, absent coercion, unless we are all focused on the one true God?
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