Earth Day or Sunday?

by Benjamin Burks on April 24, 2013 · 3 comments

I can remember the year 1982 more than other years.  I was only a teen and it was the year of Knight Rider; the first CD player; Epcot opened at Disney World and I was there to experience it and the Magic Kingdom for the first time.  It was during this visit that Disney held its first annual “Earth Day” event.  I thought then (and still think today,) “What in the world does that mean?”

People worshiping trees seemed weird to me.  Having grown up in church, Romans 1:25-27 came to my mind:   “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  (26)  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  (27)  And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

On Monday, April 22, 2013, the 31st “celebration” of this event took place.  Once again, I was in Orlando and the floods of memories came back as I walked through the MCO Airport in Orlando, and saw people and posters advocating this event.  By now, you are wondering where this blog is headed.  What in the world does this have to do with anything? One poster I read said the following: “CELEBRATE EARTHDAY – bringing a healthy environment and a peaceful, just, sustainable world by spreading environmental awareness . . .”

Excuse me, but having a “healthy environment” does not bring peace, justice, or a sustained world!  Those results have never come from the created, but the Creator! Our entire world is groping for peace, justice, and longer sustained life.  Romans 8:22-24,  “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.  (23)  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  (24)  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?”  My friends, Jesus Christ is the only right answer!  We do not worship or celebrate Him once a year, we worship Him daily, and in particular, each and every 7th day – we call Sunday.  How awesome it is to have a personal relationship with the Creator!  It sure is better than hugging a tree.

I wanted to give you three points to ponder regarding Earth Day or any other man made scheme to bring peace, justice, and a sustained world:

1. The fate of the planet has never been and will never be in man’s hands; though we have been given responsibility to “keep it”.  (Genesis 1:26-28, Psalm 24:1)

2. The fate of the planet is not the most important issue facing mankind. One day it will all be replaced anyway. (Romans 8:20-22, 2 Peter 3:13, Revelation 21:1, Hebrews 1:10-12)

3. We should never worship “created things – including people”, we should worship the Creator!  (Romans 1:25-27)

The greatest thing that happened to me in 1982 that brought these thoughts to full circle was the call on my life by God to be a gospel preacher.  Life is grand when you promote HIM! I would not want to trade it for all the world!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Coz April 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I remember going to an earth day event in Philly in the mid to late ’80’s, and it was ironic that at this environmental “celebration”, the park that it was held at, got thoroughly trashed; but that’s leftism at its finest! Viva Obama! Viva the Moochocracy! I want my free stuff and I want it now! And I want all the free stuff I got coming to me! Viva la Revolucion! Viva the Moochocracy! Viva Obama!


Linda Scott April 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

This was awesome . I was at the revival , every night. Every message was directed at me!
I want “Christ is my Life” everyday, nevertheless. Bro. Burkes you are a wonderful man of God with an truly inspiring testimony and have a great Love for RU. I love the LORD as my personal Saviour for nearly 50yrs.
I have not always been close, but GOD has been near my heart always. Praise the LORD! I am truly blessed to be a part of Astatula Baptist Church and have a Pastor who is truly dedicated to serving the LORD. I am so thankful he brought RU to our church, I have grown so much in the Lord and the Daily Journal has truly made a real difference in my life. CHRIST IS MY LIFE


Mike Carver April 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

Amen! This event must be preached against because the general public is naïve about it. It is supported in most public schools, so our country’s children are heavily indoctrinated. Someone must stand up against this tide. Is it dangerous? Yes! Our God is a jealous God!
This is just another strike against sending children to public school. I’m sorry to say that in my ignorance I did.


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