Thideology news of the day

Politics

The price of fuel and food keeps going up. Hungry people are rioting around the world and truckers have staged protests in Washington, D.C. Who is to blame? It’s not that hard to figure out. We are simply watching the law of supply and demand at work — and how trying to manipulate it brings unintended consequences.

Worldwide demand for fuel is going up. China and India are consuming more fuel than ever before. The supply is not keeping up with demand. When demand goes up, price goes up. The answer is to increase supply in order to meet the increase in demand. But our own United States federal government is preventing that from happening. We have billions of barrels of crude oil in Alaska, the Dakotas, and off the coast of Florida. But our government is preventing us from harvesting it.

Instead, our government is mandating and subsidizing the diversion of crops for the production of biofuels — which are not sufficient to make up for the increase in fuel demands. Rather, converting the food supply into fuel is creating a shortage of food which (if you’ve been paying attention you realize) makes prices go up.

Bottom line: Our own government is trying to manipulate the market — with disastrous results. Unfortunately for us, none of the presidential candidates seem to understand supply and demand. Their solution for this mess includes more government interference.

Religion

Old Truth asks the question, “Do today’s churches give God a subordinate role?” God, Himself, has given us adequate instruction on how to grow churches — the faithful proclamation of His Word. But Old Truth points out that we have adopted man-centered marketing strategies as a means of growing churches.

For one example go here. Take note of who is the center of attention at this advertised “worship” service.

  • This worship service was designed with YOU in mind.
  • A focused, practical message with life principles YOU can use now.
  • YOUR time is valuable.

According to the Bible the church exists to glorify God. When we gather to worship it should be with HIM in mind. Everything we have belongs to HIM — including our time. And, according to HIM, all Scripture is profitable.

Has the church given God a subordinate role?

It certainly seems so.

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About Chip
Chip is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He served more than five years on the staff of the State Convention of Baptists in Indiana as Director of Communications and Public Relations, editor of the Indiana Baptist newsjournal, and regular contributor to the Baptist Press, the official news service of the Southern Baptist Convention. He currently earns his living as a writer. He serves his local church as a teacher and deacon and his local Baptist Association as a Seminary Extension instructor and supply preacher.

3 Responses to Thideology news of the day

  1. David Kjos says:

    Back in the ’80s, we were pumping oil like mad here in ND. Then the cost of exploration, pumping and getting the oil to the refineries outgrew the price of oil. I don’t know if it was the dropping price of oil or the rising cost of production, or both, but the oil companies pulled out because it ceased being profitable. Now we’re pumping here again. I hope it lasts this time.

  2. Chip says:

    I’m no oil speculator, but I can’t help but think the oil companies will be able to turn a profit in the Dakotas for some time to come. Worldwide demand for oil keeps going up and supply is not keeping up. I hope it lasts this time, too.

  3. RN says:

    Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, RN.

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