When I was a kid, my family used to congregate occasionally to watch a National Geographic special on TV. Whether it was Eskimos, Aztecs, or Ubangis, we would learn something new about places and cultures that were far from our normal realm. They were always fascinating and well-done programs.
Obviously, things have changed at National Geographic. A co-worker told my husband that they were running a program last night about what the world would be like if we ran out of oil, so we watched it. In a word? Tripe. Balderdash. Utopian hogwash. Political propaganda. Yeah, I know. That’s more than a word, but I’m still ticked off that such a respected organization has descended to producing third-rate fantasy.
The program started out with us waking up one morning to find that all of the world’s oil fields had dried up overnight. They don’t attempt to explain how or why this happened. Billions of barrels of oil just disappeared in an instant.
As the program progresses through a time-line, we see all transportation come to a screeching halt (except in South America, where good cars run on sugar cane); the world stock markets crash (and big, bad oil stockholders become suddenly penniless); a mass exodus of urban areas (people walk to warmer climates or upstate New York, where they just happen to have a cabin in the woods with a fire and some egg-laying chickens awaiting their arrival); and all of the evil American cows and pigs die, because they run out of feed.
But never fear. This isn’t Armageddon. It’s just a mid-course correction. Because fifty years later (imagine the theme song from Mr. Rogers), we suddenly live in utopia. Our skies are clear, Central Park is now an 800-acre garden that feeds New York City, and we’re all bio-diesel-driving vegetarians.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:20-25)