Career Direction & Earth Day
Choosing to celebrate whatever we happen to feel like celebrating when it comes to personal, family, school, and national holidays has very little to do with freedom and a whole lot to with choosing our own chains.
Birthdays are traditionally a big deal for many people. Here in Canada, family and friends routinely gather to sing celebrating human life with cake and candles each time the Earth revolves around the Sun. The majority of people tend to have fond feelings about life. But just imagine what it would be like if a decade or so down the road many Canadians surveyed chose to celebrate death.
Happy deathday to you! Happy deathday to you! Happy deathday. Happy deathday. Happy deathday to yooooooou! A toast: May your life be ever so brief, filled with grinding poverty and great pain, and may the state-funding flow freely so you can hear this message again and again.
Of course the consistent, inclusive, progressive, tolerant take on “Death Day” would be to equally treasure and celebrate this demonstration of minority culture as an important part of our rich and diverse culture mosaic. Dis “Death Day” and the hate-speech people would be sure to come running with their generous supply of sticky labels.
With all of this in mind, stop for a moment and consider that Earth Day is going to be celebrated on the same day as Good Friday this year. The Earth – one of a billion or so dying planets, inhabited by dying people and orbiting around a dying sun – is presented as being on par with Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross on behalf of a dying world.
On the one hand there is encouragement to recycle, car pool, and cut down on carbon, and on the other there is God’s method of dealing with human sin and the headline consequences. There is hope that the environment will last a little bit longer, and hope that you will live forever and creation will be restored to its glorious original state. There is Mother Earth, a planet that could care less about you – about your family, school, country, and career aspirations. And then there is the most powerful being in the universe clearly demonstrating that He cares a lot about life.
And finally, we have secular people who are passionate about trying to save this planet for no particular reason, and others who have been inspired yet again to make a difference in this world, in a thousand different ways, and take care of God’s creation.
The contrast is striking and, may I suggest, the choice is clear.