“Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.” Hosea 4:3
or for those out there who prefer something more modern, here it is from the Amplified Bible:
“Therefore shall the land [continually] mourn, and all who dwell in it shall languish, together with the wild beasts of the open country and the birds of the heavens; yes, the fishes of the sea also shall [perish because of the drought] be collected and taken away.”
We’re hit on every side by Green Messages! The exclamation point just seems to fit, because the messages all seem so urgent!
“Take your own shopping bags and Save the Earth!”
“Save the Planet by taking showers instead of baths!!”
“If you care about Saving the Earth, buy this product!”
The product thing I kind of understand because advertising has pretty well always been over the top. I collect old newspapers and magazines and I learned that outrageous advertising is nothing new.
But it seems that everyone in media – from print to screen – is screaming at us to do everything we can to SAVE THE PLANET!!
Even that horribly ridiculous movie by M. Night Shyamalan (The Happening) preached at us for 10 hours (actually only 91 minutes; it just seemed like 10 hours).
I don’t quote my mother-in-law very much, but one of her phrases (that used to wind me up), was “That’s just too silly for words.”
This Green thing stops just short of Earth/Gaia worship. And very often that’s exactly what it is.
Things around here haven’t changed since I wrote this. We still recycle glass, steel, aluminum, plastic and all paper. We compost. We try not to buy very many harsh chemicals (however, eradication of fire ants is an entirely different matter.)
But it’s not going to SAVE THE EARTH!
Have you ever driven or taken the train across America?
After riding across hundreds of miles of open land, seeing the absolute vastness of it all (and there are 8 other continents besides us!), it absolutely floors me how people can actually believe all that mind-numbing double speak. ( They tell us peons what to do ad infinitum, all the while they use tons and tons of ink, paper, celluloid, etc. for their own vanity.)
Yes! I do all those recycling/compost things, but not to be politically correct or obedient to the supercalifragilisticexpealidociously hypocritical bunch of useful idiots (Lenin’s term?) in Hollywood and the media.
Stewardship of what God has given us – that’s what I believe in!
Oh, and the verse from Hosea?
What caused the earth to mourn?
Here are the 2 verses preceding the above passage:
“HEAR THE word of the Lord, you children of Israel, for the Lord has a controversy (a pleading contention) with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no faithfulness, love, pity and mercy, or knowledge of God [from personal experience with Him] in the land.
There is nothing but [false] swearing and breaking faith and killing and stealing and committing adultery; they break out [into violence], one [deed of] bloodshed following close on another.” Hosea 4:1-2, Amplified Bible.
The Lord said that the earth was mourning because of a lack of:
knowledge of God
…but there was an abundance of:
So, here’s a newsflash:
SAVE THE EARTH! STOP LYING! BE FAITHFUL! LOVE GOD! BE MERCIFUL!
What are the chances we’ll be seeing those messages coming at us from everywhere?
I don’t think so, either.
It would require the hucksters to get out from behind their bully pulpits and examine their lives.
Recycling a plastic bottle from the health food store is a lot easier than looking into one’s soul.