15 July 2016

This 'n' That

Can we be clear about one thing? When you print out documents onto paper, you are not "killing trees." Unless you are going to the forest and chopping down a tree before you hit "print," the tree is already dead. By using the paper that was created from that tree, you are simply bringing meaning to its death. You are making its death worthwhile. You are making it matter. See how that works? Don't you feel better now?

In case it wasn't obvious, I'm not exactly a zealous environmentalist. No, I don't recycle. It's bad enough I have to pay to have my garbage hauled away, why would I pay more to have a bucket of recyclables hauled away separately? And yes, I drink bottled water. Several bottles each day, actually. That's right, I am single-handedly destroying the planet.

Or am I?

Could it be that, in actuality, God is sovereignly in control of all things, including the ultimate culmination of history? It's quite a thought, isn't it? Let us see what the Bible says:
For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10)
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. (Revelation 21:1)
Of course, I am not implying that we shouldn't be good stewards of the earth and its resources. I am saying that we ought not fall into the environmentalist trap of worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. Let's just be mindful of our focus, friends. Being worldly doesn't have to mean we are enraptured by video games and fancy cars, it can also mean we are overly engaged in "good" endeavors that have no eternal significance.

Well, it's Friday again which can mean only one thing: it's time to sit back, relax, and enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • Ooh, yes, I will take this. But first I need volume 1!
  • Well, I disagree with Conrad Mbewe's comment about cats, but aside from that, I appreciated this bittersweet post.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • This landscape looks so peaceful and lovely.
  • How did God guide the biblical writers?
  • I'm sure we're all terribly, ahem, saddened by this news.
  • On the myth of free will.
  • Surely you've all heard about this by now.
  • What ought to be our supreme ambition?
  • Here's an interview with Iain Murray discussing his new biography about J.C. Ryle (by the way, I recently read that biography and it was marvelous; I highly recommend it!).
  • Against our own sin:

1 comment:

  1. We have mandatory recycling, and I don't mind putting my recyclables into a separate container. However, they require that the containers are clean, so that means that my empty peanut butter jars, soup cans, French onion dip containers, etc, need to be washed out. I refuse to do that...I'll give a quick rinse but I will NOT wash garbage!!! ~~Linda Dodson

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