Thorns Against the Green


In a single morning, all of my environmental convictions were reaffirmed.  I am not an environmentalist.  I have a lot of reasons why this is the case.  My green beans were eaten by the rabbits I saved from destruction this past spring.  My wife has been weeding around the remainder of the green bean stems ever since the rabbits devoured them as a midnight snack.  She is still weeding now.

In another section of our garden, the tomatoes have been robbed of their needed water by unusually warm and dry temperatures.  Though they have suffered from inconsistent water, the weeds around them are growing just fine.  More than fine, in fact, the weeds are flourishing.  So well are the weeds growing that they have overtaken my purple hull peas, too.  I must thrust my fist blindly into the Mardi Gras-colored mass of green and purple foliage like a fisherman plunks down his bait into a clump of old tree tops in the hopes of pulling out a prize catch.  Such is the way I go fishing for peas amid the weeds.

Over next to the house, I have a few shrubs—you know, to bring the beauty of nature right up to the edge of my otherwise “unnatural” house.  There is a sidewalk meandering from the garage to the front door, and, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to keep the grass from growing where the concrete walk is supposed to reign.  I use the heaviest artillery designed by the greatest minds: a weed trimmer, a grass killing chemical, a shovel, a lawn mower, and my own hands extracting the enemy by its roots.  And yet, grass grows over the sides and between the cracks of the concrete no matter how hard I try to prevent it.  And, no matter how hard I try to make it grow, grass will not grow in my yard!  I have bare spots in the yard in which grass will not grow.  I cannot stop it from growing in my sidewalk.

This is what it is like living in our present ecosystem, isn’t it?  You have had many of these same experiences.  Like me, you understand that nature is at war with you, attempting to subvert the things you plant, attempting to choke the life out of the life-giving vegetables you hope to harvest.  The reason for this frustration is simple: creation is under the curse.  “Cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.  By the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground…” (Genesis 3:17-19).

A morning of work with sweat on my brow reminds me that environmentalism is a little off base.  At least, environmentalism is off-base when it begins with the idea that nature itself is the balance, and we humans are the aliens—the intruders who threaten the delicate scales of ecological equilibrium.  Nonsense.  Creation is cursed and must be subdued.

Not only do I have weeds with which to contend, but I have a wicked prickly bush bejeweled by demonic thorns which my daughter swears contain venomous poison that the plant injects into unsuspecting passers-by.  She has been infected more than once.  I cannot corroborate her fears, having only been scratched by the darn thing, never injected with poisonous venom.  The point still stands.  The plant is against us.  It prevents us from coming near it so it can horde childhood toys, winter gloves, and a sampling of athletic essentials—golf balls, baseballs, footballs, and Frisbees.  Just after I went Tasmanian Devil on the bush with the hedge trimmer, I found the spear my son lost when he was 12.  He is now in college.  The plant works against us.

In other words, the natural planet is not the ideal planet.  Human beings are not cancerous intrusions into an otherwise pristine planet.  Human beings were created higher than the creation, not merely as a part of it.  Thus, human beings were given the command to subdue the weeds, to trim back the thorn bushes, to exercise dominion over the earth and all its other living creatures.  The planet itself has not been pristine since the Fall; it is not pristine now; and it would not be better off without humans on it.  Human beings are an improvement to planet earth and must continue subduing it and exercising dominion over it like my wife and I try to do with our little stretch of cursed ground.

Eye on the Ball


Folks are always telling us that we need to keep our eye on the ball.  Having played baseball as a kid, I understand the imagery and know how important it is to look closely at the lacing for a curve ball.  Baseball imagery aside, however, I wonder whether there might not be times we ought to turn away from the ball and take a look around the park.  What do I mean?  Only this…

There is no problem convincing Americans that Islam is a problem.  There is no problem convincing Christians that the new atheists are militant.  But I would have my work cut out for me if I tried to tell you that our real threat as Christians, and our real threat as Americans, is coming toward us with neither the fast pitch mentality of Muslim jihad, nor the curveball (or screwball) interpretations of new atheism.  Rather, the real threat is paganism.  Postmodernism–as many have determined to call the period we now are inhabiting–is not going to be a new era of intellectual accomplishment and technological advancement; rather, it will be a period of regression into a newfound paganism.

Forget slouching toward Gomorrah; we are slouching toward the tribal animism of Africa.  New Age [Eastern] Mysticism, environmentalism, and anti-intellectualism (often posing as tolerance) are eroding the ground beneath the feet of America’s future.  Eastern mysticism and environmental monism are seeping like water into the ground beneath us, saturating everything we think.  We are becoming pagans, and we don’t even realize it because there is no fight, no confrontation, no attempted political takeover.  All it takes is ignorant Christians unable to articulate a biblical worldview to neighbors and classmates, and the job is done.  Our churches have sadly proven all to eager to comply.  So, pagans have filled our pews (see this helpful book by Peter Jones).

A recent Pew Center study found that there is little distinction between Christians and non-Christians on “spiritual” issues such as reincarnation and contact with the dead.  Though admittedly quite vague, a chart from the Pew study shows how religious “experiences” have been on the rise in America since the 1960’s.  According to the chart, we are now at the “tipping point,” where there will be more people professing to have mystical experiences than not.  What this means is that we are starting to think more like pagans and spiritists and less like Christians.  Because such decay is so insidious, it appears to be a fatal disease.

The only hope of being saved is the true gospel of Jesus preached and lived out in the life of the church.  So, if we are serious about keeping our eye on the ball, we will keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

E-mails and Tall Tales


Emails have been captured (lots of them) showing how climatologists have been pressured to sign on to global warming hype, even when they thought the evidence was proving contrary (which it has been for 10 years).  This post from Mark Steyn is chock full of links to fascinating articles which display both the agenda and nonsense of the global warming crowd.

For an interesting and informative take on the “wrongness” of global warming, see this feature.  Global warming advocates have left a path of human misery.  Liberalism, socialism, and environmentalism have caused more human misery than capitalism ever could.


Double Dose of Good News


There are a couple of stories which seem to be indicators of better days ahead for clear thinking. I thought it might be nice to head into the weekend with happy thoughts; so here are 2 stories that might demonstrate that truth still prevails with persistence over time.

First, Signature in the Cell has become a Top 10 Science Book this year on Amazon.  This is good news for science and bad news for materialism (or naturalism).  The book demonstrates how materialistic evolution cannot explain the cell, once thought the simplest compound of the human anatomy.  Check out the story about it here, and be sure to watch the video on the cell that is next to the article (seriously!).  Just imagine, each cell is part of about 75 trillion cells in the human body, all working like fine-tuned machines, all the time.  By chance?

Second,

Global warming has stalled.  Now, pay attention here. “Global warming has stalled” is another way of saying the global warming hysteria may be coming to an end.  There is no global warming, and there has not been for the past 10 years; it is political hype.  Finally, some honest climatologists are admitting as much publicly.  This is a good indication of things to come.  Please remember those who hitched our fate to the so-called climate crisis and bid them farewell.  Send them off in a green balloon filled with hot air.  (Here’s the story)


Global Warming on Trial?


Chris Horner from Planet Gore reports on the recent U. S. Chamber of Commerce’s call to hold a hearing on anthropogenic global warming (AGW).  [Read: man-made global warming].  I have reported before on the dubious nature of the claims for man-made global warming.  More and more information is showing that the last decade has begun global cooling.  At any rate, whether the globe is warming or cooling, there is no definitive study on what extent the climate is affected by human activities.

What is disturbing is how much policy is being established on assumptions and working models, rather than on hard scientific data.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants to hold a trial before the public.  Call it Scopes II–a trial to establish whether humankind is causing climate change.  This blog post offers a reason the EPA won’t go for such a trial.

So, I’m Psycho


Wow, people wonder why I think psychology is an unreliable science.  This story tells about a recent report from the APA which explains how those who are not urgently concerned about global warming are suffering from a psychological disorder.  So, I suppose I’m psycho.  Maybe I am, but, if so, it isn’t because of failure to believe global warming.  There are good reasons to be skeptical, see here.