As an avid outdoorsman, I realize Nature worship is natural…..
I have recently been blessed to move to what I believe to be one of the prettiest places in the country. It is a small rural community just on the outskirts of Roanoke, VA. I live in a valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. In the few weeks that I have been here, I have been in awe of the beauty of my surroundings. I have glimpsed herds of deer just before dusk playing and grazing on the hillside. Often, I venture outside in the chilly winter night and await the beautifully eerie sound of coyotes baying as they give chase to their prey. In the mornings as I walk across the street to my church office, I am greeted by the sound of water gurgling as it rushes across the uneven creek bed coming down from the hills.
Every site and sound around me screams “worship.” I feel almost as if I have no choice but to worship. The sights and sounds around me invoke in me a response that cannot be held back. I will worship, but the question is what or who will I worship. If I simply acknowledge the beauty and do not allow my mind to be amazed by the Creator, I am no better than those who worship the creation. Recognizing beauty without giving credit to the artist is stealing His Glory. Nature inspires worship of some-kind. The book of Romans asserts this very fact.
Romans 1:20-23 (HCSB)
His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have
been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what
He has made. As a result, people are without excuse.
21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify
Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their
senseless minds were darkened.
Claiming to be wise, they became fools
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for
images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
In my opening statement I said, “nature worship is natural.” When man chooses not to acknowledge Yahweh God, in awe, he is left with no other alternative but to worship the creation. God’s purpose in creation was to reveal a glimpse of His beauty and thus inspire worship. However, man’s sinful nature spurns within us all a desire to be self-ruling. So mankind, in order to maintain this pursuit of self-dictatorship, has to expunge from his memory the Creator and in doing so he becomes a fool. He chooses to be in awe(worship) of beauty(nature) only.