Friday, August 21, 2009

Ok, I saw most of "Day After Tomorrow" today, and two things about the movie struck me. One, even with the end of the world bearing down on us, politics as usual would continue (see the scene at the US/Mexico boarder specifically) and two, nature doesn't care whatsoever about mankind. The events, laws, and cycles continue, unconcerned with their affect on our societies and monuments. Seeing the computer generated destruction of the famous Hollywood sign and the great beacon that is the Statue of Liberty buried under a wall of water just really drove the point home. Yet despite that uncaring chain of events that goes on around us, we still have people who are worshiping nature. Tree huggers, hippies and global warming nuts do it indirectly, making nature their idol in terms of "saving" it is their highest purpose, and various cults, wiccans, and others actively worship nature as an entity. But would a tornado jump over an avid recyler and target an SUV driver? Does the rain intentionally fall on the organic garden while avoiding the diesel combine running good old boy farmer's crops? "He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matt. 5:45) Nature is. It does not love or hate. So what is it that makes nature worthy of worship? As opposed to say, the God who wrote those laws and set those cycles in motion? The God who loves us all so much He sent His Son to take our punishment for sin?

Not to say mankind doesn't affect or need to take care of the physical earth. Genesis 1:28-30 tells us God gave earth to Adam and Eve to take care of. But all these years in Kansas, watching some fields bake while others flourish, seeing storms blow over one town and drop tornadoes, wiping out others, has taught me that there is no benevolent Mother Nature who blesses those who carry canvas bags to the organic farmer's market. Which just sets off the train of thought, why choose that which gives up nothing for you over He who loves you?

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