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Mother-Worshipping Madness

Don’t let the title of this blog entry confuse you. I am crazy about my MOM! She’s the best. I wouldn’t trade her for anyone else. But I don’t worship her, and I don’t worship “Mother Earth” either. Why? In a nutshell, because it is idolatrous. Earth is a creation, not a “mother.” She has no life in and of herself. In fact, it is totally misleading to apply a personal pronoun like “her” to the earth. The earth is a planet, not a personality. You get the point.

However, if you treat dirt like your mom you end up doing really weird things. For instance, in Britain a global warming, mother earth worshipper was released from his position at a property management firm because his “religion” was in conflict with the views of the management. Evidently this man complained about the fact that company executives were flying to business meetings instead of traveling by more eco-friendly means. According to the employee, man made global warming is the “most important issue of our time” and “nothing should stand in the way of diverting the catastrophe.” He sued the company for terminating him and argued in court that climate change is “a philosophical belief that reflects my moral and ethical values.” In other words, he was being persecuted for his religious beliefs.

Amazingly, the judge ruled in his favor! Imagine the following scenario. The boss says, “I need you to be in Los Angeles tomorrow for a critical meeting.” A mother earth worshipping employees replies, “Sorry, we’ll need to re-schedule the meeting due to an unacceptable carbon footprint. It will take me at least a month to ride there on my bike.” What are you to do as an employer? According to this absurd ruling, if you give the employee an ultimatum you are now violating his religious beliefs and you may be fined or punished.

This is what happens when we worship the creation instead of the Creator (Romans 1:25). If we fail to honor God and to give Him glory (Romans 1:21) He promises to “abandon [us] to our foolish thinking and let us do things that should never be done (Romans 1:28).

Father, help us love You more than false mothers made of dirt!

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