Carbon Infestation

A few days ago we heard it again: one of our friends muttered, “there are just too many people in the world. Not sure why anyone would have children these days; there are too many people on this planet anyway.” Their comments reminded me of a line from Star Trek in which an alien intelligence described humanity as a “carbon infestation” that afflicts Planet Earth. Bring in the pest control techs, and get rid of it!

This was not the only time we have heard such sentiments. The odd thing, though, is that none of the folks complaining about too many people, too many children, too many babies being born — none of them ever volunteer to leave as a way of reducing the excess population. In one case the complaining went on so long that the flow of conversation allowed me to semi-jokingly say, “then why don’t you volunteer to leave?” The response was an open-mouthed moment of shock. The complainer, who “only wants the best for the environment,” had never given much thought to the logical end-game of their world view.

Some of the implications of such complaining start to reveal themselves when someone says there are too many people, too many children, too many old people, too many — OK, what comes next? Too many disabled, too many of a different generation, too many who do not think or look like the complainer, too many who are not as enlightened? We see hints of this crop up in our political discourse when the chattering class suggests that some people are not fit to receive medical care, or that they should go to the bottom of the list if they don’t measure up to some committee’s ideas about quality of life. We saw where this road leads if we remember 20th century history, and it leads to a dark place, indeed.

Fortunately, there is a better way to look at life. In God’s view, life is a blessing, children are a blessing, and so are the elderly. Let’s look at some short examples from God’s word.

Psalm 16:31 says, “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life.” Old age comes with aches and pains, and is certainly not for the faint of heart, but God seems to think these people are special. And, if we recall the promise that comes with His commandment about honoring our father and mother, God seems to think that long life is a blessing.

Psalm 127:3-5 says, “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!” Children may be a challenge and a lot of work, but they also keep us sharp, pull us outside of ourselves, help us grow in maturity, and they are a reward from God.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” The world, in this case, is a world of people. “All” is a dangerous word, but it looks like God loves all of us, even including the people who reject Him; loves us enough to die for us. To God, every life matters. Thankfully, that includes you and me!

4 thoughts on “Carbon Infestation

    1. Agreed, and several questions come to mind: 1) Do we believe what God says? Why or why not? 2) How do we honor God’s desire (implicit in the Garden of Eden) that we serve as stewards of His creation? 3) What is the difference between being a good steward of creation and worshiping the creation (rather than the Creator)?


      1. I would answer your first two questions with 1. Yes, because since the beginning of mankind, man has seen the consequences of guestioning God’s word, 2. With patience and common sense both of which are gifts from God. Your third question is a little more difficult but, the part on worshiping creation is obvious. Absolutely everything in our temporal world is a gift from God and derrives from his creation. Man did not create the atom or anything else in his world. God has gifted man with intelligence by which man has discovered and developed the reality of the temporal world. It is naive of man to believe he can change creation or that it should be worshipped any more than he would worship a car or a building, both of which can be sourced back to God’s creation. We worship God alone and we are thankful for all His gifts! We do not worship the gifts He has given us even though those material gifts eminate from His creation

        I believe man should be guided in maintaining God’s creation through the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. I believe that by exercising the gifts of the fruit of the Holy Spirit, mankind will recognize what it is that God’s direction for maintaining His Creation of which man’s temporal world is only a small part.


  1. An obvious observation is that we are not applying our God-given-intelligence to maintaining His creation. Reducing birth rates by aborting accidental conception is counter intuitive to God’s creation ( kind of like genetically modified grain seed that does not produce new grain seed) Or producing more environmental pollution in China to manufacture replacement appliances rather that repairing existing appliances. Man is impatient in seeking solutions and makes many errors in judgement along the way. We must have faith that God will provide the correct answers and patience to know that it will be according to His plan and time, not ours.


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