I wrote about the impending crises in the three E’s — energy, environment, and economy — several weeks ago. This weekend we saw all three converge, vying for media coverage with each other. Hurricane Ike hit Texas and the Gulf Coast; gas prices spiked with gas rationed in some areas; and, the financial markets are taking a hit today. Lessons we are learning include:
- The price of oil per barrel is not the only thing driving gas prices higher.
- The broader financial crisis is not over, and more bad news is coming.
- The environment — including natural disasters — impacts us in a number of ways.
- All of the 3-E’s provide opportunities for outreach and ministry.
I really have been wondering about this as I have followed the path of Hurricanes Gustave and Ike and then watched the stock markets crash all over the world this morning. Yet of the numerous Christian blogs I have followed over the weekend only one has had a post with a prayer and a thought for those whose lives have been devastated by these tragedies. I feel that most of my blogging friends are living in a glass shell where the world and all that happens in it does not really exist.