Oh boy, here we go again! The last time speculators ran amuck driving up the price of oil, Bernie Madoff surfaced like a depth-charged submarine debris slick. I guess only time will tell what sort of surprise pops up after people get to a point where they can’t pay for basic necessities again.
Those in Washington with “their thumb on the pulse of America” say this spike in oil and gasoline prices shouldn’t jump-start inflation again. The guy with the nerve to say that probably doesn’t even own a car and can’t understand why the price of a cab ride keeps going up.
Let’s talk about this. The price of diesel is higher than gasoline which is already high enough to fuel anybody’s greedy pocket. Look around your house right quick. Everything in your house, everything, at one time has been transported in a diesel-powered vehicle of some kind (ship, train, truck, etc.).
Every piece of equipment the American farmer uses to grow the food in your foreign-made refrigerator is diesel-powered. A barrel of oil produces plastics, motor fuel, heating oil, textile products, and on and on, so when the price of oil is driven up for the sake of someone’s bottom line, the cost of everything to the consumer goes up simply because it costs more to manufacture goods and get them to your front door. That, my friend, is the formula for run-away inflation!
Of course the biggest problem at the moment is how to fairly divide a few billion dollars among NFL players and coaches. That should stimulate the economy, feed the poor, lower health-care costs, and educate our children. At what price does the soul get recognized as valuable?
(Galatians 6: 7) “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Here are some men and women who mocked God:
Singer John Lennon, during a 1966 interview with an American magazine said, “Christianity will end; it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that. I am certain. Jesus was okay, but his subjects were too simple. Today we are more famous than him.” After saying that the “Beatles” were more famous than Jesus Christ, Lennon was shot six times and died.
Tancredo Neves, president of Brazil, during the presidential campaign said if he got 500,000 votes from his party, not even God could remove him from office. He got the votes, got sick one day before taking office, and died one month later never taking the oath of office.
Cazuza, a bisexual Brazilian composer, singer, and poet, during a show in Rio de Janeiro, while smoking a cigarette, with his head tilted back, puffed out a big cloud of smoke and said, “God, that’s for you.” He died at the age of 32 of AIDS in a horrible manner.
Of course we know about the man who designed and built the Titanic. He boldly claimed, “Not even God can sink it!” Ha!
Billy Graham once visited Marilyn Monroe. He told her the Spirit of God had sent him to preach to her. After hearing what the preacher had to say, she said, “I don’t need your Jesus.” A week later she was found dead in her apartment.
Bon Scott, lead singer of the band “AC/DC,” in one of his 1979 songs, sang, “Don’t stop me; I’m going down all the way, down the highway to hell.” On Feb. 19, 1980, he was found dead in the back seat of a friend’s car, where he was sleeping off a night of drinking. He had choked to death in his own vomit.
Christine Hewitt, a Jamaican journalist and entertainer, said the Bible was the worst book ever written. In June 2006, she was identified by a finger ring, burned beyond recognition in her motor vehicle.
God is at work in the Middle East, no doubt.
Thomas W. Bonham is an associate minister with the Floresville Church of Christ. His e-mail is email@example.com. This column will be available in the Wilson County News when space is available.