3. Ibid Pg. 4
Here is the second essay called the True Solution documenting God as the only real option for America’s problems and Americans:
October 19 2009
Political Science 10
The True Solution
In America today nearly all citizens have an extremely heavy reliance on oil. That reliance encompasses much more than just the gasoline that is pumped in to American’s cars each day. Nearly everything we come in contact with as American consumers requires oil at some point in the manufacturing process, from raw material to consumption. It is a fact that if we begin to run out of oil, things will change for Americans, as well as for the rest of the world. The peak oil theory suggests we will soon be in an oil crisis. The peak oil theory is based on the exponential growth of oil fields that leads to a peak and then a rapid decline. This theory was introduced by M. King Hubbard in the fifties and was widely disregarded, but has gained support in recent times with continued research. Other opinions and research argue that peak oil theory is a farce.
Although, I lean towards the theory that the world has been short-sighted in its oil consumption, and that things will not continue on as they have in America or the rest of the world, I know that the true solution to America’s problems is Jesus Christ. America was created as a Christian nation, honoring God, which understood the importance of Christian values and morals. Yet America has turned her back on God, and come to the conclusion that this great nation was created by man. The characteristics of Jesus Christ such as not being covetous or greedy do not come with a check list, but are the outcomes of having a will wrapped up in the will of Christ. In order for America to be delivered from this impending oil crisis, or any other crisis, there must be a shift in the public’s opinion of Christianity, and a social movement leading America back to Jesus Christ. As Abraham Lincoln simply yet eloquently stated,
“We have been the recipients of the choices bounties of heaven. We have been preserved, these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power, as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God… We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us… and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom of our own… intoxicated with unbroken success, to have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! It behooves us, then to humble ourselves before the offended Power. To confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.”
This is the basis of this entire essay. Yes, if America’s oil supply runs dry there will be upheaval, but we must turn back to what allowed this country to be prosperous in the first place if we hope to be prosperous again. Any reliance on secular mechanisms is astray, they must be used merely as a tool that leads to a repentance and reliance on God.
The dependence on oil is one of America’s many problems today. As stated earlier I agree that America has severely abused its cheap and abundant energy, and that abuse will have major repercussions in America. As less and less sources of oil are discovered and more current sources are depleted, an oil crisis seems imminent. America’s former Vice-President Dick Cheney said, “Our prosperity and way of life are sustained by energy use. [E]nergy security must be a priority of US trade and foreign policy.” The modern American way is to aggressively attack problems with zealous self-assurance that nothing is impossible for me. From the time Americans are children, society ingrains an introverted outlook of the world into people that creates a notion that one’s self is the greatest resource to draw. This impatient outlook will only compound America’s problems, as we continue to turn to ourselves instead of turning to God. God is the creator of all things, and is also in control of all things; therefore the only reasonable course of action is to seek God in order to guide America through this oil crisis. The fact is that the only way to be delivered from this impending crisis is a movement that leads back to Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is not limited to oil shortages, but He does encompass all things, therefore the only solution I can perceive as a Christian is a reliance on the Maker of all things, God, for the solution. Instead of using instruments of government, such as lobbying or social movements, to change laws or the minds of some, these instruments are much more effective if they are used to work on the root of the problem, which is a denial of the truth. The problem with relying on ourselves to fix the problem is the corruption in humanity as a whole. For example, lobbying for a law that requires Americans to consume less oil (this being the most basic example) is that laws and regulations are ineffective if followed with selfish, greedy hearts. The ideal behind a consumption law is good, but human nature twists and distorts laws in order to benefit each individual. A more precise example is the cap and trade system which is designed to cap emissions while allowing companies that pollute less to sell their pollution credits to companies that pollute more, so that as an aggregate they are under the emissions cap. This is where corrupt people and corrupt hearts render that system useless. When the system is drawn up, people over estimate the amount of emissions being created in order to set the cap so high it takes years for the cap to get back to the actual amount being polluted at the time of the law. The system becomes confusing and useless because of human nature. The only true solution transforming our corrupt hearts is to submit to God, and allow Him to transform. America’s second president John Adams put it beautifully, “We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion… Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The only way for laws or systems like these to work is if each person involved has Christian morals and values reigning in their hearts. America’s laws and constitution were based on people following them with moral hearts in order to be effective. Therefore the only way to fix peak oil isn’t by lobbying for a cap and trade system because another ten loop holes will appear. The true solution must be using the practical mechanisms of change, such as public opinion and social movements, to bring people to the true solution Jesus Christ in which case each heart will be transformed and work together for the greater good.
In order to accomplish such a task you must start with the knowledge that nothing is impossible for God. The next step is to understand that the public’s negative view of many Christians (or so called Christians, but it’s definitely not my place to judge) is warranted because Christians have not accurately shown the truth that is Jesus Christ. This change in the public opinion must start with each Christian searching their
heart first. In order to change the public opinion in America about the Christian faith, each Christian must fully submit their lives to Jesus Christ. Only then can Jesus empty each Christian of them self, and clearly shine through each person. This can’t be understated. How can any Christian expect someone else to change unless they are truly living a life devoted to God? They can’t, and this is the root of the problem in reference to the perception of Christianity by unbelievers. The main outcry among unbelievers is hypocrisy, and is well founded in many respects. So Christians must judge themselves only, and not point out the faults of others. The two commandments of Jesus Christ are, “’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” So each Christian must start with themselves and follow these two commandments, instead of pointing out the deficiencies in others. As soon as person points the finger at someone else they have already violated these commandments. There is great simplicity in Jesus Christ, yet there is an ever continuing struggle to live in His grace.
With that being said, it is very difficult to allow Jesus to be in full control of your life, and trust that he has a perfect plan for you when the world is crumbling around you. The word of God is faithful to not come back void, yet so many Christians water down the word of God in attempt to make it more palpable to the unbeliever. These compromises are what lead to the muddled picture of Jesus Christ, and a weak Christianity in America today. God is unchanging and righteous. Never once did Jesus Christ soften in His request for disciples in order to coax someone into the kingdom heaven. He spoke with boldness and a perfect trust in god the father, each Christian should follow His perfect example and do the same. It comes down to submitting one’s self to God and trusting that His knowledge and His words are far above your own. If each Christian would do this, it would be the first step in changing the public’s opinion about Christianity, and bringing America back to a country honoring God.
One of the most glaring components of the impending oil crisis is that Americans as a whole are greedy in their pursuits of luxury and excess. When Jesus comes in to your heart, you become a new person. The revelation that Jesus loves you, and died on the cross for your sin changes you in the most profound way imaginable. A will that is in stride with the will of Jesus Christ no longer covets things for status, but creates a desire to put others needs above your own, and to be content with what He has given you. These morals are in stark contrast with America today. America, Christians included, has a society that ties self-worth to the amount of possessions we can obtain. Reputation and status have become so desperately important that many people live their lives trying to ascend to some standard set by society. This is a deep rooted lie in the hearts of many Americans, but there is great hope in Jesus Christ. When a person comes to embrace the truth that God is the creator of all things, and everything in this world is gift from God, that person’s outlook is drastically changed. No longer do you strive to have more, but are thankful for every gift God gives you. If there was a complete social movement in America based on the truth of Jesus Christ; the way this country operates would be completely reversed. Greed, pride, and power would give way to humility, meekness, generosity, contentment, love and peace. One of America’s founding fathers and first President, George Washington had this prayer, “dispose us all, to do Justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that Charity, humility and pacific temper of mind, which were the Characteristicks of the Divine Author of our blessed Religion, and without an humble imitation of whose example in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” As Christians have wandered, and not followed the example set before us by the Divine Author we have used pieces of his word twisted with our sinfulness as a crutch for over consumption and other wickedness. But Jesus Christ shows us another way and rebuked those who take the word of God out of context to support greed. For example, “For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’;and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If a man says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban”—’ (that is, a gift to God), then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother, making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
The sentiment becomes rhetorical, but humans are stiff-necked as a people, and there is great simplicity in Jesus Christ. The only hope for America is for the foundation of the country to be Jesus Christ. In saying that, no person is without sin, therefore no country can be without sin, but if a country can come to the realization that we are all sinners, and are in desperate need of savior, we can become perfect in Jesus Christ. This repentance and transformation of people would lead to a decline in consumption in America, and alleviate many of the problems of oil depletion because the desire for excess is counter to the desires of a heart that belongs to Jesus.
The next issue is why do Christians not live a life that is more visibly different to the secular world? Why do Christians proclaim certain things that seem counter to the ideals above? The problem is man’s sinful nature. In saying that each person has been perfected through Jesus Christ, it does not mean that each Christian is perfect. It means that we are sinful by nature, but that God came down to this world in human form and lived a life without sin that culminated in Jesus Christ dying for our sins. In the Crucifixion, Jesus reconciled us to God despite our unworthiness and sinful nature. In doing this, He allowed for an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ founded in love for our savior. Out of this love Christians should live a life full of the characteristics of Jesus Christ. Yet freewill still reigns, and the sinfulness of man can creep up in any person no matter how much Jesus loves them. When men begin to wander from Jesus Christ, they begin to mix their own sinfulness in with Jesus Christ, and they create something distorted. Although they still love Jesus, they do not surrender everything to Jesus. They want to fit Jesus in to their life instead of allowing Jesus to be the only purpose of life. That is why it so vitally important that this social movement has to start with the individual hearts of Christians in order for people to see the true picture of Jesus Christ.
Christians as a whole must keep their eyes focused on Jesus Christ, and live by God’s word which is the Bible. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” As humans are minds are prone to wonder away from the truth even if we have fully embraced as disciples of Jesus Christ, so we must be in the Bible every day renewing our minds so that we can discern what is and what is not the true will of God. Christians must be in prayer bringing every supplication to the feet of god, trusting Him to be the answer to all things.
Yes, there are there are many people with vastly different views of who, or what, Jesus Christ is, but there is only one truth: The Bible. The Bible tells us to avoid talk that leads to division, but use words to edify, “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm.” This covers the issue of how each Christian should proceed if the public’s opinion is going to be changed, and underscores for the basis of every part of the Christian life must come from God’s word. In must be taken in every day, as a whole, in context, as the absolute truth of God in order for each heart and mind to be transformed. The responsibility starts with each Christian, and the searching of the heart in order to be living a life above reproach, above the scoffing of the secular world. Every Christian has the amazing blessing of having the perfect example of Jesus Christ in writing, so the foundation has to be built on the truth of the whole Bible.
Is there an oil crisis on the horizon that threatens the life Americans have come so accustom to? Possibly, but instead of looking for a solution based on the knowledge of humans, I pray that America looks for the true solution: Jesus Christ. The fact is that every person was created in the image of God, designed to rely on God, and justified by the Son of God. Jesus loves each person more than we can imagine. He is a living God that is faithful to provide for us no matter what the trials of earth tell us otherwise. As Benjamin Franklin pleaded to the Constitutional Convention, I also beseech for our current government, “”the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth–that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable than an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that ‘except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it.’ I firmly believe this and also believe that without His concurring Aid, we shall succeed in this political Building no better than the Builders of Babel.”
The underlying issue in all of this is that this impending oil crisis is just one small part of the problem in America as a whole. Instead of pin-pointing the oil crisis, the entire structure of current government needs to be overhauled. It begins and ends with Jesus Christ, the savior of this world, and what a country honoring Him looks like opposed to what we have become. The famous orator Daniel Webster spoke with a sober mind stating, “To preserve the government we must also preserve morals. Morality rests on religion; if you destroy the foundation, the superstructure must fall. When the public becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nulity and constitutions are waste paper.” America must go to back to the rock that it was founded, and that rock is Jesus Christ. I pray that Americans as a whole would give their life over to Jesus Christ, and have the peace that comes with trusting the Savior of this world to do exactly that.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
 Abraham Lincoln, “Proclamation appointing a National Fast Day” in Collected Works. The Abraham Lincoln Association, Springfield, Illinois, ed. Roy P. Basler (New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1953), 6:155-157.
 Richard Heinberg, Powerdown (Gabriola Island, BC, Canada 2004) pg. 17
 John Adams, “Letter to Zabdiel Adams, Philadelphia, 21 June 1776,” in The Works of John Adams-Second President of the United States, ed. Charles Francis Adams (Boston: Little Brown & Co., 1854) 9:401 Online Source: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/religion/rel06.html
 God, Holy Bible. Matthew 22:37-79
 George Washington, “Circular to the chief executives of the states”, June 11, 1783
George Washington, Manuscript Manuscript Division, Library of Congress (153)
ibid, 1 Timothy 1:5-7
 Daniel Webster, Fourth of July Oration Delivered at Fryeburg, ME, in the Year 1802 (A. Williams & Co./ A.F. & C.W. Lewis, Boston, Mass./ Fryeburg, ME., 1882), 12.
With all that, what is the point I am trying to make?
Did you happen to notice the dates? The first essay on Counter Culture was written April 10, 2009, and the second was written on October 19, 2009.
Why is that important? Well, that’s because the writer of both of these essay was myself, and they were written just six months apart…
I wrote these essay in the spring semester 2009, and then the fall semester of 2009 for the same professor. For the first essay I received a 98% A even though I was weeks late on turning in the project because my teacher loved the essay and what it represented. The second essay… not so much. I received a 0% F on my first turn in. I decided not to change the essay at all even if he failed me. He believed I strayed from the premise, and only after a couple of conversations and a lot of hard work and prayer he gave me a 70% C-. That was the only class at College of the Redwoods I did not receive an A in, even though I never worked harder in a class. I knew he wouldn’t like my new set of beliefs, so I decided if we going to fail me, I would make it my best work that he would have to fail. I ended up with a B overall, as the rest of my work carried the low grade on the final project essay from above.
Now back to my point in the beginning. Is God real? Does He intervene in the lives of people?
I ask you another question to help answer the first two, how do you explain the difference in the beliefs from those two essays above? How could somebody have such a 180 degree change in outlook in such a short time? Could I have just learned a few new things over the summer?
The answer is no. I didn’t just learn a few new things, but something far better happened to me. I met Jesus that summer, and everything changed. The apostle wrote in the book 2 Corinthians, chapter 5, verse 17,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
That is the explanation. Not only is God real, but He absolutely is involved in the lives of people. Even more, this God is the God of the Bible, and He loves people. He wants a relationship with those He created. This is not religious formalism, but a living, breathing relationship with the creator of the universe. When I came to Jesus, I found Him to be God and so much more. I was born-again, I was a new creation with a new heart, and a set of beliefs and values that aligned with God as opposed to myself. I had found the meaning of life itself.
There is a lot of evidence for the existence of God, and one of those is the undeniable personal testimony of those who have to come to Christ and become forgiven and made new. That is me. That is my story. It can be yours too.