Honey bees are disappearing by the millions. Within the past few years, 70% of bees have vanished from the USA. This dilemma has alarmed biologists and economists alike. Bees play a huge role in pollinating plants, a lot of which end up on our plates for dinner. In fact, 2/3 of our diet consists of food pollinated by bees. The phenomenon is making headlines all over the world as is documented in Vanishing of the Bees.
Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the term coined by experts.
After watching the documentary, the causes I noticed for CCD include not just predators and parasites but toxic pesticides from greedy farmers as well as trickery by greedy bee-keepers. This is similar to what is going on in today’s Christianity.
For centuries, predators like birds and parasites have been the main cause of CCD. But recently, farmers have started using genetically modified crops which contain a toxic nicotine-based pesticide called neonicotinoid. The pesticide coats the seed and gets embedded into the genetics of the plant. This enables farmers to build huge farms that specialize in only one kind of crop, aka monocultures. These monocultures are very susceptible to pest invasions if not checked properly, and regularly. Although these internal pesticides cut down on the farmers cost and labor of having to spray and check each plant, they make the bees go crazy. They become disoriented and lose their sense of direction and purpose to the hive. “Massive numbers of bees get lost and die”.
Additionally, bee-keepers are replacing the honey combs produced by bees with a sugary syrup substitute lacking in nutritional value. They can sell more honey this way. This really hurts the bees because their nutrient rich honey is vital to keeping them strong and healthy. To make matters worse, neonicotinoid based crops are already lacking in nutritional value. Unfortunately, without these vital nutrients, bees can’t make it. They become susceptible to disease and die.
So what does this have to do with us? In recent years, church goers have similarly been on a steady decline, especially young Christians. Some reports have shown that upwards of 80% of young Christians lose their faith by the time they leave college. The causes are similar.
Many people, especially young people are being drawn away from the church and even their faith by toxic messages hidden inside worldly entertainment. The message behind all the movies, music, and news that we are accessing boils down to doing whatever makes you feel good. Just like the hidden toxins within the greedy farmer’s crops, these messages are causing us to lose our sense of direction and purpose to the church. This attitude has bred a society which advocates tolerance, that is, it allows and even encourages all forms of indulgence. If you resist these temptations, you are labeled “intolerant”.
You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols. Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. – 1 Peter 4:3,4 (NLT)
Additionally, many “churches” are adulterating the word of God for profit as in 2 Corinthians 2:17. Just like the bee-keepers, these “pastors”, and especially “youth pastors” are using worldly means to attract more young people. Instead of nourishing them with solid food, or even pure milk, they’re giving them sugar coated gospel messages. Without a “healthy diet”, church goers, especially younger, weaker ones become susceptible to spiritual disease and collapse.
For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions. – 2 Timothy 4:3,4 (AMP)
The Word of God is the honey, the pure milk, and the solid food that is being substituted with junk food. I know this blog isn’t as sweet as some of my past blogs but it’s healthy.
It’s a broccoli blog 🙂
I don’t want to end on a sour note. Since we’re talking about honey bees and the Bible, I’d like to conclude with a sweet verse 🙂
How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! – Psalm 119:103 (AMP)
Regularly reading the Word of God feeds us, strengthens us, and protects us from pests and predators. Sharing what we read with others, whether friends or strangers, whether in a church meeting or on the internet gives us purpose. This way the church will be built up, not collapse.