Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Aliens in Nature

Al Mohler has a good post about how our children have become accustomed to being indoors. Creation is another world to them. They are aliens in nature. TV and video games are what is normal. This is not how it should be. Of course, TV, the internet and even video games are not inherently sinful, but when they crowd out the grandeur of God's creation something has gone awry. Creation is one of God's great theaters in which He displays His glory. We and our children should feel at home in nature. We should love the pleasures it provides, such as crisp, fall air. And we should love, not just the beauty of the world, but the odd things God has placed in it. For example, my son, Samuel, recently told me that the sea-cucumber, when threatened, will spew out it's insides and then grow them back! Our tendency is to revolt when we hear of animals like this, but God thought it was a good idea. Who are we to talk back?

One irony is that our culture claims to love the environment, yet they are raising children that are rarely in nature. Reject the Creator and you lose the creation as well.

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Let the saints be joyful in glory, let them sing aloud on their beds, let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples; to bind the kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron. Psalm 149:5-8