Like you, I’m thrilled with gas prices now lowering to $2 and below! When at one time prices were over $4/gallon, it is great for the budget. Yet, there’s a warning: We Americans tend to look to the short-term, and have a ‘how-it-affects-me attitude.’ If it’s good for me at the moment, then I like it.
However, what’s really going on is a global “oil war.” One nation positioning itself against another. Low gas prices here are destabilizing Russia and the Middle East. These nations need oil to be at or over $100/barrel to expand their economy. At prices right now of oil at approximately $55/barrel they are hurting. This week, the currency of Russia crashed. Interest rates went from 10.5% to 17% over night. We’re paying about 4%.
If we think that Russia’s economy will crash without an attempted retaliation on those who are forcing this, is very unwise. What would be the likely retaliation? It could be economic retaliation, if Russia perceives it has time. Otherwise, a nuclear attack is not out of the question. Russia would take a “if we’re going down, you’re going down too” attitude!
Based on history, that seems crazy—who would do a nuclear attack on the U. S.? God has been trying to draw this nation back to Him. He has sent warnings and we keep moving farther away from Him. The Scripture is full of instances where God allowed arch-enemies to humble His people and bring them back—He does this as a last resort because of our stubbornness. Russia has been flying training missions preparing for missile attacks. Their nuclear capable submarines have wandered near our coastlines. Finally, Ret. Lt. General Thomas McInerney says right now we should be on the highest alert level for imminent nuclear threat.
Folks, we tend to live for the moment while God is trying to get us to live for eternity. Contrary to popular opinion, our economy and the strength of our nation is NOT tied to jobs, it is tied to righteousness—living and being right with God. Let’s all turn back to God with ALL our hearts, so as not to forfeit God’s blessings—for both now and eternity.
Pastor Brent Oliver grew up in Kokomo, Indiana and is an Ordained Minister through the Assemblies of God. Before embarking on God’s plan to establish a church in Delphi, Pastor Brent served in both Peru and Logansport, Indiana encompassing over 29 years of fulltime ministry. His vision and creativity has been the benchmark for the growing ministry at Delphi First and after 23 years, his passion and leadership could not be stronger.