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Reaping What You Sow

A new survey reports that 33% of children ages 6-11 fear the earth won’t exist when they grow up.  They also fear natural disasters and the extinction of animals.  Habitat Heroes, the group commissioning this survey find the results “upsetting.”  Good night people!!  Why is this surprising?  Aren’t we reaping what we sow?

Let me say up front that, theologically, I believe God has given us a creation-mandate.  Part of this mandate is to responsibly care for and develop God’s creation.  So I’m not against environmental care, so long as it does not become an idol.  We have a command to be good stewards of this world Therefore, it is a good thing to recycle, turn-off lights, and so on…

But, why are these “green” organizations upset at the results?  They have no right to be upset because they are responsible for the results.  Many of these organizations are fear-mongerers who tell us daily that the world as we know it is over.  It doesn’t help when this information is repeated in our schools, the news, and movies such as Wall-E.

I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath-water.  Environmental awareness is a good thing.  However, too many in the environmental movement speak and act like miltaristic fear-mongerers.  Therefore, these results aren’t surprising.  The results are merely reaping what they sow.

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  1. mikewittmer
    April 21, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Interesting. I wonder if they will now use the children’s fears as another reason to call for dramatic measures to save the earth, which will in turn fuel the children’s fears, which will then….

  2. Matt
    April 21, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    If you think WALL-E was promoting the destruction of Earth, you missed the point. If you think being environmentally aware is somehow damaging our youth, you missed the point.

  3. April 21, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Matt, please reread my post where I clearly say: “Environmental awareness is a good thing.” More than that, I say, “I believe God has given us a creation-mandate. Part of this mandate is to responsibly care for and develop God’s creation.”

    I don’t think Wall-E was promoting the destruction of the earth, but I think it communicated a message that our poor environmental stewardship will make the earth uninhabitable which is along the same line as saying we will destroy the earth. I believe in environmental stewardship, I just think the fear-mongering out of many current environmental movements is inflammatory and unproductive.

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