While I was in California a little over a month ago, I became aware that the well-publicized drought there is largely man made. Not that there isn't a lower than average rainfall, but the truth is there is plenty of water. The real problem is the governmental policies which will not allow the people to have access to that water. Instead, the Governor of California is simply going to dump billions of gallons each year into the Pacific Ocean.
"On Wednesday April 1, 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown declared via 'executive order' that mandatory water restrictions would be imposed upon all California residents, farms, businesses, cities, and towns reducing water usage by 25%. Notice what's missing in Gov. Brown's solution? What's missing is the most common and well-proven way to store winter rainwater (much of which is not required to maintain fish and wildlife, and just runs into the sea) for mankind: construction of new dams!
But what some people don't realize is that Gov. Brown is in a real jam; how can he possibly talk about the best single solution (more dams) for creating more available water (and jobs, by the way) when he is currently supporting the removal of several perfectly good dams in Siskiyou County? And adding insult to injury, California taxpayers will foot the bill for this insane dam removal project, costing approximately one billion ($1,000,000,000.00) dollars, which could be used to build more water storage dams instead.
These particular dams hold approximately 135,000 acre-feet of fresh water; that's nearly 44 billion gallons of fresh water that" will simply run into the Ocean "at a time when California desperately needs more water, not less! These dams also produce about 150 megawatts of clean-green electrical power for Californians… California needs more dams (and the water they can provide), not fewer."
So the Governor of California wants to dump 44 billion gallons of water into the ocean, not allowing farmers to water crops, citizens to drink or use that water for any of the other myriad of uses water can be put to, all the while demanding everyone reduce their consumption by 25%! Talking with the citizens while I was there, they informed me of another scheme pending – to tax them on the water they pump out of their own wells on their own property. The government then claims it owns all the water and will restrict, control and tax everyone who uses its resource all the while proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that it is not a steward of water but the biggest and most inconsiderate waster of water.
What the situation in California poignantly illustrates is that the environmental agenda is an anti-human agenda. This raises the question: as disciples of Jesus Christ, how should we think about Stewardship of the Earth? What actions should we engage in as God's caretakers of this world?
Surveying the scene, it is apparent that this green agenda has been very effective in getting its anti-human message across. For example, you can do your own survey of millennials by asking them if they agree with the attitude towards children called "one and done" philosophy. One and done claims that having more than one child is an ultimate act of selfishness, an act which consumes more of the world's limited resources than it is proper for any family to do. It is amazing to me that so many people have bought into this lie. In effect, what we see in America is China's one child policy voluntarily self-enforced by the next generation.
In China they had to enforce that policy at gunpoint, but Americans have been so successfully indoctrinated that they voluntarily self-enforce the agenda for world depopulation. These are but two illustrations of the power and effect the green agenda has on every aspect of life. What most people, including most Christians, are not doing, is thinking critically—that is, thinking Biblically about that green agenda. We have been swayed by the incessant propaganda to accept an anti-human philosophy.
Today, I would like to encourage "thinking critically"—that is, thinking Biblically about that agenda as we continue in our series of building a Biblical Worldview. I would like to approach the subject by asking three questions:
- Are humans the problem or the solution?
- Is wilderness the ideal which God designed?
- And are children a curse or a blessing?
Turn to Genesis 1:26: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."
Now ask yourself, are humans the problem or the solution?
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