Today is "Earth Day."
But what does that mean?
The official Earth Day Network website says, " 'Earth Day' is more than just a single day---April 22, 2016. It's bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand."
"It's a movement that continues to inspire, challenge, ignite passion and motivate, " the leaders say.
Although they say their goal is to plant 7.8 billion trees, the movement sounds a lot like some kind of religious movement.
Their site says, "In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues."
No question there is a religious tone to the day---it's definitely not about pulling weeds in your flower garden, or even planting a few billion trees.
The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970, in the US---2 years after college Professor Paul Ehrlich published the book, "Population Bomb."
His message at the first Earth Day was the message of his book: the doomsday vision of an over-populated planet. His congregation was a free wheeling, free spirited group in shorts and bell bottoms.
Music had preceded his message. The music of the day was happy---almost worshipful toward the Earth---the kids were singing songs by the Fifth Dimension, and others.
Walter Cronkite, said to be America's most trusted news anchor at the time, expressed disappointment in Earth Day participation and what he called "the skylark mood" of happiness among the young hippies, rather than the more apocalyptic message of doom.
America never really knew how very, very far Left Cronkite was until after he retired from CBS.
While the attitude of the kids was party-like, the first Earth Day event brought a profoundly different tone and message.
It was more an "Eve Of Destruction" than "Age of Aquarius" message, with Ehrlich forecasting doom if people didn't stop having babies---it was an urgent and passionate message.
Earth Day is generally said to have been founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, who said his goal was to build bridges between men and nature's systems.
However, Ira Einhorn was the master of ceremonies of the first Earth Day and later claimed he actually founded the event. I'll come back to him in a moment.
Dr. James Bonner also spoke at the first Earth Day. His message was anti-human, saying man is responsible for "draining the earth of all her resources and manipulating it for his own selfish desires."
Ironically one of the discussions of the first Earth Day was related to concern over the earth's "cooling temperatures"---that's right "cooling."
The hippies and the politicians discussed how they could stop humans from causing "cooling" of the earth's atmosphere.
Respected ecologist Kenneth Watt spoke that day in 1970, predicting an ice age as early as the year 2000.
The media reported extensively on his comments. They loved it.
Ira Einhorn was well known on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. He was known for his tie-dyed shirts and pants---and for his message of peace and love.
Ira was master of ceremonies of that first Earth Day---April 22, 1970. He later claimed he was actually the founder of the special day---a claim he made often as he spoke at Earth Day celebrations.
There is a reason why "earthies" now try to redact him from the Earth Day narrative and from its history.
While his message to the students, and others on the campus at U.of Pennsylvania, was "love" and "peace," his diary later disclosed a very different personal lifestyle.
It was filled with passages about inflicting pain on women and the joy it brought him.
Today Ira Einhorn, the self-proclaimed founder of Earth Day, is serving a life sentence for fatally beating, then composting his girlfriend's body.
He claimed he composted the body so his girlfriend could return to her mother.
This is a striking example of how much value is placed on human life by at least some who celebrate the Earth as a goddess.
Nearly 9 years ago, the late Chuck Colson told listeners to his "Break Point" radio program about a company in Virginia that "for as little as $4500" would "place your loved one's ashes in a bio-degradable urn and bury these ashes along side a tree."
The ad further said, "As the urn decomposes, you will become one with your 'personal' tree."
Because of demand, there is currently a company on Kickstarter that is offering to do it for about $500.
The appeal of this practice is rooted in the belief in Gaia-worship---worshipping Mother Earth who gave us all life.
Colson's point was not to disparage cremation, it was to point out the fact that Earth Day is about more than pulling weeds and mowing the lawn.
It is deeply rooted in a religious belief---a false, pagan religious belief.
In fact in recent times, churches are opening for the express purpose of worshipping the Earth.
While earth worship is nearly as old as the human race, it's revival has come through the so-called Environmental Movement, which is said to be about protecting the earth.
The religious Left works to proclaim the message while people like Al Gore and others have become the evangelists and teachers.
It is impossible to read about or follow the "Green Movement" without becoming aware that there is a religious fervor about it all. That's because there is.
Gaia is thought to be a super-being or "Mother Earth" that created life---this fits nicely with Darwin's theory of evolution.
There are volumes on this subject written by both those who worship Gaia (Mother Earth) and those who inform us that it is an old, not new form of paganism and pantheism.
Gaia worship is at the very heart of the Global Green Agenda.
Gaians have succeeded in uniting the environmental movement, the new age movement, Eastern religions, the United Nations and even leaders of many Christian denominations behind this new form of 21st Century paganism.
Sir James Lovelock in his book, "Gaia: A New Look at Life," lays out what amounts to a parallel to the biblical account of Creation, but one that features Gaia as the one who was, "In the beginning..."
He also has written, "Homage to Gaia" and "A Book of Hymns to Gaia."
His teaching has humans evolving from the earth to become the brain for mother earth.
Most agree that Lovelock formulated the modern form of the ancient paganism. He taught that Mother Earth must be protected from destructive human activity at any cost to humanity while casting environmentalism as more than an act---rather a religion---a deeply held religious belief---an act of faith and devotion.
Al Gore, in his book, "Earth in the Balance," writes:
"Prehistoric Europe and much of the world was based on the worship of a single earth goddess, who was assumed to be the fount of all life and who radiated harmony among all living things."
He says historical artifacts are so widespread throughout the world that they confirm the notion that a "goddess religion" was so ubiquitous through much of the world until the antecedents of today's religions, most of which still have distinctly masculine orientation...swept out of the Near East, almost obliterating belief in the goddess."
"The last vestige of organized goddess worship was eliminated by Christianity..." he writes.
Gore then quotes deChardin, the consummate New Age guru who says, "The fate of mankind, as well as of religion, depends on the emergence of a new faith in the future. Armed with such a faith, we might find it possible to re-sanctify the earth."
Gore's mantra in his speeches, books and articles are what he calls an old "Indian saying": "Will you teach our children what we have taught our children? That the Earth is our Mother. What befalls the earth, befalls all the sons of the earth."
"This we know," Gore affirms, "the earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the earth."
As with all deception, Gore's statement is a half truth.
The earth does not belong to man. Psalm 24 says, "The earth is the Lord's and all its fullness. The world and those who dwell therein."
Genesis affirms that God created the earth and all that exists, and assigned man to have dominion or stewardship over God's creation.
Now the lie. Gore says man belongs to the earth. God says man belongs to Him---created in His image and His likeness.
Today is Earth Day. Worship and give praise to its Creator.
And know that to the Green Movement, today is about more than planting trees.
Be Informed. Be Blessed.