Weekly Pastoral Message prepared by Rev. Murray Adamthwaite
for Sunday 22nd June 1997
From the Pastor: Some Contemporary Buzzwords V: Environmentalism
The environmental movement, often known as "the greenies", is very much part of
our scene today, and as we are well aware, has a very strong political and
Without delving into the politics of the green agenda, we ought nevertheless to
understand that the environmental movement is as much about religion as
preserving nature. Yes, "green-ism" is a religion, but a pantheistic one, and is
part and parcel of the whole New Age phenomenon. It is a religion which equates
Nature and God, and worships and celebrates trees, animals, and insects. The
argument is that the environment must be preserved because that forms part of
the "planetary consciousness", of which we too, are a part.
This partly came out in an interview with Senator Dee Margetts, some time ago,
in which she confessed to often walking around a tree, celebrating her oneness
with the environment, and to all appearances was worshipping the Nature god.
While we might smile at this and see her as a loopy greenie, such is not the
case. It is serious stuff, and must be treated accordingly.
Again, while we may be alarmed at this "worshipping and serving the creature
rather than the Creator" (Romans 1:25), it has all come about because earlier
this century men in their professed wisdom "exchanged the truth of God for a
lie". It is the inexorable law of degeneration outlined in Romans 1:18-32.