It has come to the attention of the staff here at Everyone’s Entitled to Joe’s Opinion that some of you are actually out there holding prayer meetings at gas stations and praying for cheaper gas.
I appreciate the intent, and I hope to God that He decides to answer your prayers.
But come on.
We live in one of the most ridonkulously wealthy places on the face of the earth. The average American ranks among the wealthiest 5 percent of people in the entire world. Even the homeless guy living under the bridge is still in the top 10 to 15 percent of world wealth.
There are people and places in the world that can’t even fathom the level of wealth that we have here in America. If I were to post pictures of my neighborhood here on my blog and they were to come and see it, it would completely and totally blow their minds. Most of these people probably don’t even have a computer that can access my blog, or even know what a computer is.
There are even people right here in America who live in a level of need that we can’t begin to fathom. As I said earlier, there is the homeless guy under the bridge. There is also the single mom trying desperately to make ends meet, the laid-off worker struggling to get by, the school in the poorer part of town where most of the children don’t even have shoes or basic school supplies.
And then there are fabulously wealthy upper-middle class Americans who believe that their lifestyle is a blessing from God that it is their prerogative to enjoy and flaunt. Any threat to that lifestyle is perceived as a Satanic attack.
The average American (that would be most of us, who rank in the top 5 percent of world wealth, whether we care to admit it or not) is inconvenienced by $4-a-gallon gas because he/she has made significant lifestyle decisions based on the assumption that gas is cheap and will always be cheap. An entire culture of suburbia has grown up to support those lifestyle decisions and is driven by the assumption that gas is cheap and will always be cheap.
So how does it look when huddles of middle to upper class Americans are gathered around gas pumps all around the country praying against this latest Satanic attack against the American life that God has blessed, while the needs of the homeless guy under the bridge, the struggling single mom, or the children at the poor school are not considered worthy of even batting an eyelash? (Heads up: Probably not very good.)
Maybe this is an act of judgment by God against America. If it is, I certainly can’t say that we don’t deserve it. My hope is that this whole thing will ultimately turn us into a people who are at least a little bit more concerned with the real needs of those around them who are not as fortunate. Because I just don’t see God calling off the dogs of higher gas prices so that we middle-to-upper-class Americans can get back to going on about our business while remaining completely oblivious to the needs of others in our midst.