Thursday, November 02, 2006

Overindulgence

Fortune Magazine reports:

Sales of big pickup trucks and SUVs went through the roof - doubling from the year before in some cases. Sales of small, fuel efficient cars, meanwhile, remained stagnant. It is as if all that moaning and groaning about price gouging by oil companies never happened....

As Americans flock back to their old buying habits, it is all too easy (for sociologists) to lump excessive fuel consumption in with other bad habits involving overindulgence: over eating, over spending and over television watching....

The supply of oil is not limitless but apparently the current generation of Americans is all too willing to exhaust it by buying more vehicle than they need and letting their children and grandchildren fend for themselves.

So many conservative Christian bloggers are all up in arms about the Emerging Church or the New Perspective on Paul, wildly promoting Spurgeon, Owen, Augustine and Calvin in order to restore doctrinal purity to the church and America.

You never hear them on these kinds of issues.

2 comments:

The Rapier's said...

We live in a culture where your car defines who you are. The big truck or SUV is like a status symbol; look what I can afford, or I'm a real man, or I can run over you on the road. The other excuse is safety, if others are going to have big vehicles I need to have one to make sure I don't get run over.
I have experienced in the church here that this is definitely not and issue you talk about unless you want to get labled a "tree hugging liberal."
I would love love love to have a hybrid car, but unfortunately can't afford it. So I save gas by trying to walk places. Just another thing that makes people look at me strangely. Walk?

Anonymous said...

sounds like you should become a missionary to the US.