I have tried to lay off politics since the election is over. I have had my say and that is the way the process works. I do want to point out one video because it is not so much a Republican vs. Democrat thing and I am interested to get your response to Obama’s comments. This is the video where Obama talks about how we shouldn’t be able to run our AC, drive our SUV’s, or even eat what we want…why? Because of what the rest of the world will think about us.
Now, here is where I am torn on this comment. I am proud to be an American and I see our society as one that has advanced far enough to develop things like air conditioning and SUV’s. I also think it is kind of silly that Obama himself trucks around in SUVs all over the place and yet the populace at large shouldn’t be allowed to do so (another of many examples where he asks us to do as he says and not as he does). But that is not my point here. My point is more of a question. How concerned should we be with what the rest of the world thinks of us when it comes to the energy we consume? Aren’t we producing and purchasing the energy we supply, which in turn is a huge benefit to the nations we purchase our energy from? We hand out aid hand over fist to many countries that hate our guts and yet we are worried that they will think poorly of us because we keep our AC on 72? I think there are some larger issues here and I wonder what the Christian response to this is. Does it really change the world if I move my AC from 72 to 74? Does it really make a difference if I sell my truck to buy a Civic (ironic since we sold a civic to help pay for a SUV two years ago)? And what about the food I eat? Should I avoid seconds to better the opinion of the world in regard to the U.S.? And does the kingdom of God play into this discussion in any way, shape, or form? Does it make for a bad Christian those who drive large vehicles, eat what they want and keep their home cool? What relationship is there in being a good “citizen of the world” and being a good Christian? Last question – do these things even equate to being a good world citizen?