The Earth Day Dilemma

Earth Day is a carry-over from the flower-child culture of the early 1970s. At its beginning, it channeled the energy of the anti-war protest movement with a religious like focus on public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.

Over the decades since, it has become a “religion” to many, with its own devout belief system, prophets, predictions, and rituals. As such, contemporary “environmental-ism” borrows from other faith-based theologies, which believe the natural world is the artwork of God. The Bible affirms mankind’s responsibility to be a steward over God’s creation and to enjoy it and benefit from the food and pleasure it provides.

Many see modern environmentalism as a secularized “religion” that is freely taught in public schools. Earth Day is a celebration of a “religion of green.” That is the basis for today’s Earth Day Dilemma for many Christians.

About Along The Way with Gary Curtis

Gary Curtis served for 27 years, as part of the pastoral staff of The Church on The Way, the First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California. In October 2015, Gary retired from leadership of the church’s not-for-profit media outreach, Life On The Way Communications, Inc. He continues to blog at Gary and his wife, Alisa, live in southern California. They have two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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