The Cult Of Environmentalism
By Donnie Swaggart and Justin Nicholson
November 2020 will soon be upon us, and we, as Americans, must make a decision as to who is the best candidate to represent America as president. Lately, I have been trying to focus on a few specific issues that I feel will be paramount, and what the believer’s position should be.
Psalm 24:1 Plainly tells us: “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” This verse tells us that God created the earth, so it legally belongs to Him. In spite of what many in the world may believe, this planet will not be destroyed, but instead, the Bible tells us that the Lord is going to make over this planet into a paradise beyond that which we could ever imagine (Rev. 21).
Environmentalism has become a religion, or should I say a religious cult, and we, as Christians, should be aware of this and not be deceived by the world. While space will not allow an in-depth article on this subject, it will give a good overview for you to consider.
Environmentalism is defined as “concern about and action aimed at protecting the environment.”
If you take this definition at face value, environmentalism simply calls attention to the protection and conservation of the elements of our planet’s ecosystem. However, over the course of history, some have taken this sentiment and gone a step further—in some cases, many steps further—and turned it into a radical social movement; a religion; a cult. Followers of this cult claim they’re merely focused on the welfare of the environment, but their actions paint a different picture.
Environmentalists tell us the planet is warming to dangerous levels, which is melting the polar ice caps, causing the sea levels to rise, and threatening the livelihood of every living creature. Basic human activity is to blame, and we must do “something” about it immediately, or every landmass will soon be under water, and we are all going to perish. To them, the end of the world is nigh, and every heat wave or hurricane is just another omen of the apocalypse.
Environmentalists have their own set of commandments: Thou shalt not drive gas-guzzling vehicles. Thou shalt not fly on airplanes. Thou shalt not live in big, expensive houses. Thou shalt not eat meat. Thou shalt not use plastic straws. Their commandments may not be etched into stone tablets, but they’re practically taught as scripture. To them, penance is our earthly duty, and we had better fall in line. Any dissenting point of view is heresy and will be held up to public ridicule. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg are on the prowl, and may they have mercy on our souls.
To this cult’s loyal following, the scientists have spoken, and the science is final. However, somehow their predictions have always missed the mark.
In the 1970s, many scientists painted vivid pictures of Armageddon all but killing off humanity by the year 2000, if we didn't immediately shut down power plants and oil wells.
Teachers told kids growing up in the 90s that by the time they were adults, they would all suffocate from oxygen depletion due to deforestation.
And, remember Al Gore’s 2006 film, An Inconvenient Truth? This fear-mongering documentary claimed the world would be unrecognizable by the year 2016. It is now 2020, and I assure you that not much has changed.
Our own president, Barack Obama, stood in front of an Alaskan glacier in 2015 and said, “Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now.” He went on to make an apocalyptic prediction that there would soon be “submerged countries,” “abandoned cities,” and “political disruptions that would trigger multiple conflicts around the globe” if we didn't immediately act on climate change.
All of these predictions are based on pessimistic fear, not science. The scriptures plainly tell us—do not fear. Isaiah 41:10 says: “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
When their predictions don’t come true, the goalposts are shifted. That’s why their terminology has seemingly transitioned from “global warming” to “climate change.” Yes, our climate is constantly changing; no one denies that. It’s been changing for thousands of years. However, when environmentalists realized the planet wasn’t “warming” at the rate they originally predicted, their mantra had to change. Climate change is the game, and your “carbon footprint” is to blame.
Look, however old the earth is, it has survived asteroids, nuclear blasts, ice ages, and countless other disasters. When environmentalists insist that a couple hundred years of industrialized society could annihilate the planet, it’s pretty difficult to contain our laughter. We do not have the power to affect nature, as God created it, and cutting back on the mileage of your Subaru Outback will not save the world.
It is possible to advocate for environmental responsibility without sounding like the book of Revelation. We cannot and will not destroy the planet through our daily activities, but we can make our planet a pleasant place to live with basic conservation. Don’t litter. Plant a tree. Recycle. These are reasonable mantras. It may not be a dramatic or attention-grabbing message, but at least it has the benefit of sanity.
As you go to the polls this year to vote, don’t be seduced by politicians promoting any kind of a “Green New Deal.” The “Green New Deal” would destroy the economy of this great nation and make its citizens wards of the state. Simply put, the “Green New Deal” is not biblical, but it is demonic. Be wise and let the Bible be your guide.
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