A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
Let me be clear at the outset of this commentary. I am not making an attempt to impress you with my piety. Heck, I’m just another old Pharisee trying to make my way through my remaining days on this confused, baffling, wondrous, puzzling, and often enigmatic little mud ball floating in third place from the sun.
I’m as confused as the next guy, but then, occasionally, there’s a spark somewhere deep down in that place that passes for my mind. It’s an idea that I feel compelled to pass along to my companions on this brief journey we call life.
There’s nothing stellar or exceptional about it. It’s just an idea, a passing thought, that MIGHT be useful to someone.
The following commentary is a product of one of those sparks – or – misfires. You be the judge.
I find it more than a little interesting that within 48 hours we are celebrating the high holy days of two of the world's largest and oldest religions: Christianity and (the oldest) Paganism.
Today, masses of human beings around the globe will celebrate the worship of the earth ... not God ... not the creator -- but the creation.
Rocks will be worshiped, rivers will be worshiped, trees will be worshiped, the sun will be worshiped, fish, snails, spiders, and all sorts of creeping things will be worshiped today.
Grown-up, adult, men and women will bow down to "THINGS," to idols, in fealty to a god of their own creation. They will offer their lives in service to, well, NOTHING. And these are grown-up people, adults, human beings you would think would have the intelligence to know better. But you would be mistaken.
Even worse, there will millions among the Pagans who worship the earth, or Gaia (goddess of the earth and mother of Cronus and the Titans in ancient mythology), who claim to be Christians. Please notice: I said "CLAIM" to be Christians.
Let me be as clear as I possible can be here: You cannot be a Christian and worship Gaia (by celebrating Earth Day) at the same time ... period. It is impossible.
Man cannot serve two masters. "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other." -- SOURCE: Matthew 6:24 --The New Testament
Then for those of you who are the cafeteria type Christians who pick and choose the parts of the Christian faith you like and just ignore the parts you dislike, please note that you are in violation of the Ten Commandments. In fact, you are violating the very first commandment:
"And God spake all these words, saying,
2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." Exodus 20: 2 - 4 The Old Testament
You may find some way to justify your Pagan faith in some way that will settle your conscience, but, as a Christian (at least you claim to be) you are spitting in the face of God with your worship of that which He created.
It is not unusual to see mainline Christian churches taking part in Earth Day celebrations across America. They have become a stench in the nostrils of the Almighty and are become apostate -- no longer faithful to Providence.
One must wonder if that explains the great falling away of celebrants from the mainline denominations today. Their numbers are dwindling as the evangelicals numbers are climbing. As I said, one must wonder.
Look. I'm not a preacher, a pastor, an evangelist, a prophet, or anything remotely approaching that -- BUT -- I have eyes to see and ears to hear and I use them and I reason.
Reason! Ah! There lies the rub!
See. I observe that which takes place around me. I listen to that which goes on around me and then I allow my brain to do its God-given task of reasoning -- and discerning.
Discerning is another of those special gifts that, unfortunately, seems to be reserved for only a few human beings on earth at any given time.
A person with discernment is blessed with having or revealing keen insight and good judgment. Usually they are unobtrusively perceptive and sympathetic, and usually they are able to make, or detect, effects of great subtlety, meaning they are quite sensitive.
You can quickly see the truth in my statement that there are few of these people around today.
When I see the utter madness that reigns on Earth Day around the globe, it is extraordinarily easy to understand how evil can so easily warp the minds, the hearts, and, yes -- the soul of man. For understand, gentle reader, participants in this Pagan worship, this Pagan ritual, endanger their very soul. Those who bow down to this false god -- Gaia, are committing blasphemy against God.
If you, dear reader, are among those committed to the celebration of the Pagan rite of worshiping the earth and the so-called earth mother, Gaia, then you are standing at a precarious point in your life. By your life, I mean not just your life span on this planet, but your life from the moment that eternal spark we call the soul was ignited by God until, well, forever.
See, I am convinced there is much more to life than our brief time here on earth. A soul, like energy, can be created, and even changed, but it cannot be destroyed. So after seventy or eighty years here, I believe it moves on to so much more.
It seems to me it would behoove us all to pay more attention to the way we use our limited time on planet earth and avoid such stupid, idiotic, blasphemous, apostate activities as the Pagan worship of a non-entity represented by a tree, a rock, a lizard, a snail, or whatever.
One of the laws of nature is this: For every action, there is an equal, and opposite, reaction. The point is: There will be retribution -- divine retribution.
As I observe the mindless celebrations on Earth Day I am reminded of the Israelites making -- and then worshiping -- a golden calf while Moses was up on the mountain receiving the Ten Commandments from God.
To be sure, the Israelites thought their Pagan festival was, well, logical, just as we excuse our own foray into Paganism today. It cost them ... dearly. Three thousand men were killed in a single day and that entire generation of Israelites were barred from ever entering the Promised Land. They were forced to wander in the desert until all had died. Their children then claimed the prize.
Earth Day is an abomination. It is disgusting and abhorrent. America and, indeed, the world will pay for this affront to the Divine.
The choice for Christians, dear reader, is clear. No one, NO ONE, can serve two masters.
Consider the clear and concise words of Joshua echoing down the ages: "Choose ye this day whom ye will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." -- SOURCE: Joshua 24:15 -- The Old Testament
Earth Day is the catalyst for decisive action on all our parts, especially those who claim to be Christians.
Today we must make a choice between eternal separation from God or disavowing all association with the evil entity sponsoring Earth Day.
So, there it is: My opinion, my view, on Earth Day and Christians participating in it's festivities. Simply put: True Christians don't participate in Earth Day.
J. D. Longstreet