God’s Grace with Gary 6/1/22

God’s Grace with Gary 6/1/22

June 1, 2022

Hello, this is pastor gary from first baptist church of laplata. The Mona Lisa is one of the world’s most famous paintings created by Leonardo da Vinci in the early 1500’s. Once only known by artists and academics, its theft in 1911 made it the household name it is today. Just last week, an environmentalist wacko in order to get close to the painting, disguised himself as a lipstick-wearing, elderly woman in a wheelchair. Once near the masterpiece, he lept from his wheelchair and smeared cake on the painting’s bulletproof glass case. He yelled, “Think of the Earth! There are people who are destroying the earth. Think about it!” He may be the first to attack the Mona Lisa with cake, but she has been attacked in the past by acid, a stone, and a teacup. Smearing cake on a priceless painting does not make me want to save the earth; instead it causes me to question the sanity of the attacker and his cause. God has given mankind stewardship over His creation, and we should both conquer and care for it. What we must not do is worship the creation, which is what most environmentalists do. Paul writes in Romans 1:25 that people “changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator…” Lisa’s mysterious smile has fascinated and amused her admirers for centuries, but I think I know why she is wearing her smug smile: she knows she is insured for $870 million dollars and is kept safe behind bulletproof glass. With her smile, she taunts her would-be assassins: go ahead make my day!

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