IFAS | Freedom Writer | April/May/June 1990 | earthday.html

Earth Day or Lord's Day?

On April 22, environmentalists worldwide celebrated Earth Day 1990. Focus on the Family Citizen, the magazine of Dr. James Dobson's sprawling California-based ministry, issued a warning to Christians: "Before you join up, learn what your local envi ronmentalists believe and worship." He cited broadcaster Ted Turner and his Better World Society's "hidden agenda: social reform."

Specifically mentioned was the society's 10 "voluntary initiatives." The first initiative is to "love and respect the planet earth and living things thereon, especially my fellow species, mankind." It was felt that this opposed the commandment, "I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me."

The article also cautioned that Turner's Better World Society encompassed groups who want to transform society through political action and the media. According to Focus on the Family, the society's agenda includes disarmament, animal rights, sexual freed om, and eco-feminism.

Additionally, Christians were alerted to ecologists who believe in a living, evolving, self-regulating earth. Some call her "Gaia," after the ancient Greek earth goddess. "Christians can't identify with groups that worship the creation rather than the Cre ator," the article warned.

Other warnings: Repeated disobedience by God's people would cancel seasonal rain and produce climatic changes which would result in productive lands becoming deserts; and that children in public school classrooms are exposed to posters "showing your Fathe r's beautiful earth under the caption, 'Your Mother!'"

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