Monday, April 6, 2009

In the world but not of it

The latest Answers mag should have arrived in your mailbox by now (if you subscribe), so I'm sure you've already seen it. The main theme this issue is "creation vacations," and I really liked the lead article by Mike Matthews and Pam Sheppard: 10 Creation Vacations. I meet far too many creationists who seem downright paranoid about museums, nature shows, books, and the like. They're so busy dissecting the worldview of everything that they see that they forget to enjoy themselves. I suppose some of the problem might be a pessimistic or legalistic attitude, but I think it's a real shame that many Christians seem unable or unwilling just to enjoy God's creation. We should take a clue from the Psalms, and see God's creation as one more way to glorify the Creator.
Praise the LORD.
Praise the LORD from the heavens,
praise him in the heights above.
Praise him, all his angels,
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars.
Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for he commanded and they were created.
He set them in place for ever and ever;
he gave a decree that will never pass away.
Praise the LORD from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and maidens,
old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
He has raised up for his people a horn,
the praise of all his saints,
of Israel, the people close to his heart.
Praise the LORD.

(Ps. 148, NIV)