Monday, April 21, 2008

The Real Problem of Pollution

I live in "treehugger" land. People here in Rockland County might get angry if you kick a rock.

"Earth Day" is celebrated here on April 22nd.

The creation is worshipped here, the Creator ignored.

However, we do have an opportunity to display to our community that we also care about our environment. Yes, we want to preserve, protect, and enjoy creation. We should care about pollution and the ruining of nature. The disregard for recycling, disregard for excess waste of our resources without consideration, these are a testimony to the world that, if we do believe in a Creator, then we certainly do not appreciate His gifts to us.

Now don't label me yet. I do not lose sleep at night because we used paper plates for dinner. But indeed one way of showing gratitude to God for His generous gifts of beauty and resources is to make an effort to take care of it. I know that when I give a gift to someone, the effort that they make to use it wisely speaks to whether they really appreciate the giver.

What is really obvious in this area of treehuggers, is the great disapproval of polluting the land, and yet much greater approval of polluting men's souls. Is it not strange that man makes great effort to clean up the rivers, but even more effort to filthy their minds, pollute their children's minds, etc...?

Jesus said that the real filth was not on the outside of the cup. The religious were so concerned about cleaning their external environment, while, their internal environment was a filthy mess, a cesspool. "for from the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks". Well, if Jesus is right, AND HE SURELY IS, then our hearts are a real dumpsite! Listen today to what oozes out of men's mouths, and even your own. Gossip, slander, hatred, cursing God, arrogance, every kind of evil.

Indeed, there is far more filth in our culture and our environment than dirty water and air pollution. Pollution is an illustration of our soul's state in the sight of God. Yes, God cares about the real problem of pollution. he sent His Son to clean it up, all of it.

There will be a day when God finishes cleaning up the mess.

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first earth and the first heaven had passed away.(Revelation 21:1)
"He who was seated on the throne said "I am making everything new.(Revelation 21:5)
"He who overcomes will inherit all this...but the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts...their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfer"
By the way, have you ever smelled burning sulfer? I'll bet it smells worse than than our smelliest rivers.

YES, GOD IS GOING TO PUT AN END TO POLLUTION, OF WHICH OUR SOUL IS THE CAUSE AND STENCH. Well, are you ready to do what most do, and ignore the real cause of pollution, a lack of concern in our own soul?

For now, "repent, and believe the good news", that Jesus Christ has paid for your sin, and recieve God's free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. "in times past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all men everywhere to repent..." "He has given proof to all men by raising Jesus Christ from the dead." (Acts 17:30,31)

Finally then, let us show our gratitude, not only to our Creator Who has given us the gift of this earth to enjoy. Let us show gratitude to God our Savior, Who has given us One Whose name is Jesus Christ, to clean up a far worse mess that sin has made of our lives.


Seth Trotman said...

Now, see. Amen.

Nicely said.

Josh Gelatt said...

Beautifully written. Thanks for this post. Blessings brother,

- from a fellow T4G guy