On Friday, Iowa State Sen. Dennis Guth, a Republican, delivered an Earth Day and Easter address that condemned everyone who accepts science while stating that all humans were guilty of disobeying the Christian God.
When it came to Earth Day, Guth just ranted about Darwin-loving naturalists who obviously have no moral code.
… Largely promoted by naturalists that celebrate nature and man’s unique and moral responsibility to protect it. This causes me to pause and kind of wonder: To the naturalists, nature is all there is — physical things in motion governed by physics and chemistry.
If that is what you believe, how can there be any moral obligations of any kind? How can any living thing have any obligation to protect another? The locusts may take away all that they can and leave nothing for the boll weevil that comes after. Well, that’s how Darwinism works — the fitter critter wins.
Without God there is no obligation of man toward Mother Nature. However, the folks that enjoy Earth Day do have one thing right: Man is different from the rest of the animal world. Humans are special and do have responsibility for this world. Not because of Mother Nature, but because of Father God, who created humans in His image.
Humans are good, but they are also guilty of disobedience to their Creator. This uniqueness about man created in God’s image is permanent. It cannot be removed, but it is covered with the stain of sin. That is why we have the second special day this month: Easter.
Guth, who’s obviously never spoken to someone who’s not religious, pretends that an element of natural selection is a substitute for a human code of ethics. It’s not. It’s not even true in the animal kingdom since animals work together all the time. The idea that we can’t care for the environment unless we believe in his God is just absurd.
When it came to the Easter portion of his sermon, Guth didn’t bother saying he was speaking for himself. He just acted like everyone believed in his silly mythology. Notice how often he says “we” when he’s actually just referring to himself.
Easter is when we celebrate what God did for us. Even though we disobeyed Him, He loves us. He loves us so much that He was willing to give the most precious thing in the universe to remove the stain of our own shortcomings. All of us have sinned and fall short of God’s intentions, yet He sent His one and only Son to live among us and teach us about God.
Even that was not enough. We all deserve punishment for our disobedience in not just the big things but the little ones as well. Jesus once said, “There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known.” Matthew 10:26.
Jesus voluntarily offered His life up on the cross. He gave us a gift of immeasurable value. If we recognize that we have lived outside of God’s intention for us, and we choose to turn away from such disobedience, we claim that gift for ourselves. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and He chose to die in our place, we can decide to trust Him with our future.
When we place our trust in Him and stop trying to run our lives ourselves, He will not only forgive us for our past but will guide our future. That is the hope of Easter — guidance now and eternity with God.
“We” don’t buy that story even if “he” does. The bigger question is why Guth thought the State Senate was the appropriate venue to tell people about his favorite piece of fan fiction, and how anyone would have reacted had someone else done the same thing with a non-Christian belief.
We know the answer to that. Christians always get away with this because they believe government is just an extension of their churches. It’s a privilege that applies to nobody else.
(Thanks to Justin for the link)