Dehumanizing People for the Planet
Updated: Jan 2
Humanity was created to rule over the earth, not vice versa:
“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth...Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth’” (Genesis 1:26, 28 NASB).
However, a recent CNN Town Hall, Democrats running for president in 2020 doubled down on their demand for humans to change so that (according to their belief) the globe won’t. Besides banning straws, candidates like Kamala Harris and Andrew Yang have even suggested enforcing dietary restrictions:
“We’re going to be OK if the vast majority of the world goes vegetarian immediately.”
This is in direct contradiction of God’s gift of sustenance:
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
But the Democrats’ blacklist isn’t restricted to bovine; they also identify babies as a problem. So at a CNN Town Hall on climate change, Bernie Sanders proposed abortion as a solution to combat this so-called “existential crisis”:
“...the [current pro-life] Mexico City agreement, which denies American [abortion] aid to those organizations around the world that allow women to have abortions or even get involved in birth control, to me is totally absurd. So I think especially in poor countries around the world, where women do not necessarily want to have large numbers of babies and where they can have the opportunity through birth control to limit the number of kids they have—something I very, very strongly support."
While we could certainly debate how to be good stewards of God’s Creation, killing babies to save the environment is a perversion both of God’s gift of life as well as of the earth He made for us.
The Declaration of Independence affirms the Biblical teaching that “all men are created equal” (Galatians 3:28, Acts 17:26). And this equality is in comparison to each other, not to animals, plants, or inanimate objects like straws. Giving up our God-given constitutional rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in exchange for fear of the world ending in 12 years (according to Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez) is not just laughable but dangerous.
As Benjamin Franklin so poignantly declared:
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
Christians know exactly when the world will end: when God Himself destroys it and replaces it with a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1).
In the meantime, the only global warming we really need to concern ourselves with is the eternal fire awaiting all who reject God’s gift of eternal life (Revelation 21:8, Matthew 25:41, Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:47-48, etc.). And salvation from that truly existential crisis doesn’t require giving up straws, hamburgers, or our descendants.
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