Competing saviors: Bloomington's Dalai Lama, Denmark's Al Gore, Al Qaeda's Mohammad, and The King of Kings...
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. -Psalm 96:5
(Tim) During a recent trip out west, I was struck by the number of times I was exhorted to "Save the Earth!" Getting up in the morning, I'd be faced with a notecard on the bathroom counter telling me to "Save the Earth" by conserving water and not using too many towels. And so on, many times a day in the most disparate places. We have a new Messiah and a new moral law, don't we?
On the same trip, I read an editorial in the Times justifying Al Gore's Nobel Peace Prize:
There will be skeptics who ask what the Peace Prize has to do with global warming. The (Nobel) Committee answered that unhesitatingly with its warning that climate change, if unchecked, could unleash massive migrations, violent competitions for resources and, ultimately, threaten the "security of mankind."
Are believers using such stellar opportunities to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, explaining that the true threat to world peace and the security of mankind is not carbon emissions, but the Holy God Who made us, in Whom we live and move and have our being, Who has appointed a time when He will judge all men? Do we love the world enough to tell them this God is the only true God, and that He has commanded that all people everywhere must repent? Without the work of the Holy Spirit, though, repentance is hard, isn't it?
Just across the page from the Times' defense of Gore's Nobel, this from a letter to the editor written by Bill Steiner of Omaha...
Mother Teresa not only talked the talk, but she also walked the walk for her Nobel Prize. Al Gore walks the walk and rides on his atmosphere-polluting private jet to his energy-consuming estate to win a Nobel Prize given for his work with global warming. Sheer hypocrisy.
When we rid ourselves of the big laws, we're inundated by little
ones. Smoke within thirty feet of a doorway--outdoors, mind you; fail
to use a booster seat with your seven year old in the back seat of your
car; neglect to cut your grass; hire a trashman who competes with the
one the city has licensed; and you'll be arrested. On the other hand,
commit adultery, fornication, or sodomy and even conservative, reformed
believers will defend your freedom to do so claiming such things are
"victimless crimes," and that it's inappropriate for believers to ask
the civil authority to enforce God's law.
Nonsense. Under what possible construction can it be an act of faith to resign ourselves to living in a land of immorality and bloodshed and reducing the life of faith to personal and private piety? Our God is distant and weak, and he hardly even minds bloodshed and wickedness sitting on the throne.
Whose world is this? And why did the Apostles and early church fathers die at the hands of the civil authority? Nevermind. We're all curled up in front of the fireplace, taking in the guilty pleasure of another chapter of Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye.
Make no mistake about it: This world will have a Savior and he will rule us. The only question is whether He will be Muhammad with his Sharia Laws, Al Gore with his Kyoto Protocol, or the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in Whom righteousness and peace kiss one another.
Remember this every time you see the announcements of the Interfaith Prayer Service with the Dalai Lama, Indian Sikhs, the spirit of Thomas Merton, an Episcopal priestess, all the Roman Catholic friars and nuns who came from afar, and John Mellencamp's wife and sons at St. Paul's Catholic Center.
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Sing to the LORD a new song; Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His
salvation from day to day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His
wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD and
greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.
Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; Let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.(Psalm 96)