SHOCKS in the USA?"
-by Andrew Strom
On Monday I returned from a
third-world country named Southern Mississippi. At least,
that is how it felt down there - like a 3rd world country
had come to America. It gave a chilling preview of what
life here could be like if just a few of the luxuries we
take for granted were disrupted.
The primary one of course being OIL or
The United States is terribly
vulnerable to any kind of severe Oil Shock. And I want to
describe to you what happens when even a rich state loses
its access to basics like electricity, transport and gas.
I believe that these two hurricanes have played out
before our eyes the fragility of a system that is so
utterly reliant on oil. Those semi-trucks that we see
roaring down the highways everyday - they are like a
lifeline to this country. If they stop delivering
supplies to the stores and supermarkets for even a few
days or a week, then the whole system will fall over.
It is the same with the
electrical grid. It too is heavily reliant on oil for
power generation. And all of our communications,
computers, lights, businesses, appliances, TVs, radios,
etc - all need electricity to run. It gives me the chills
to see how easily America could be shut down. A
civilized nation at the height of her powers - utterly
reliant on a black liquid, mostly imported from the
volatile Middle East. Unbelievable. What happens when the
gas stations run dry? We saw this in Texas. People are
trapped. They get stuck on the highways, unable to get
out. And when basic transportation fails, then business
fails also. Without regular supplies by truck, most
businesses would fall apart within a week.
All it took was ONE emergency, and the
system could not cope.
What happens if there are MANY
emergencies all over the nation?
When I first got to Southern
Mississippi in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, it did not
take me long to realize what a basic issue this was down
there. I remember talking to a lady who was working
gutting out ruined homes. She told me that she was UNABLE
to leave the area - even though she wanted to. Her car
had filled with water during the storm - and would never
Her bank (if she had any money in it)
was closed - in fact, no businesses were open at all in
the entire area. All the gas stations were either wrecked
or shut down. She was working so she could save up some
money to get out. -And there were MANY people in this
kind of situation. A neighbor up the road from our base
lost THREE CARS that are now parked useless across the
street - they had been submerged and would not run. And
thus, people get TRAPPED. When people lose "civilized"
transport, they have only one option.- They turn to
"Third World" transportation. You see them walking
everywhere on foot, or riding bicycles. And this is
exactly what happened. It is the same with electrical
Our home base in Mississippi had been
flooded with water 5 feet deep. There is still a 5-foot
water-mark in all the rooms. The place was full of mud
when we arrived. There was water sloshing around in the
oven. The washing machine made funny "sparking" noises -
full of water. The electricity was off and the generator
was little help. So what do you do? -You return to "Third
World" ways. You wash your clothes by hand in the tub or
in a bucket. You cook with a portable gas stove. You sit
around at night talking in the dark - or with some kind
of lantern. There are no televisions, no DVD's or stereos
(blessed peace!) There is no hot water, no air
conditioning, nothing. It is just like being in a 3rd
world country. There is little of "modern civilization"
left. In fact, like a lot of people we even slept
outdoors for awhile. Many people slept in tents because
their house was unlivable. We slept in a park across the
street - joining some others that we had met there. The
mosquitoes were terrible, but it was OK.
So let me summarize this
"Third World" American scenario for you. Without
gasoline, electricity or transportation, you lose just
about everything. I can tell you this for a fact, because
I have seen it. You return to the status of a peasant
with a bicycle. None of your modern conveniences will
work. Nothing at all.
If the gasoline is gone, you cannot
even charge your cell phone in the car. And notice that
all it takes to make this scenario happen is LOSING THE
OIL. Every one of our modern conveniences is ultimately
reliant on that one commodity. Makes you think, does it
not? So are you ready for your REAL "Oil Shock",
I am convinced that God was bringing a
wake-up call to this nation through the recent
hurricanes. You will notice that BOTH hurricanes targeted
three basic things. Sin and hedonism had everything to do
with it. In both hurricanes, the CASINOS and also "SIN
CITY" itself - New Orleans - took a major hit. (Katrina
wiped out the Casinos on one side and Rita wiped out
those on the other). Surely this cannot be mere
coincidence? And both hurricanes filled New Orleans with
water. It really was staggering. Surely God was saying
something through this? But the third thing we have to
take note of is that both hurricanes targeted the OIL -
and showed up the terrible fragility that the United
States has in this area.
It does not bode well for the future
if America fails to heed these wake-up calls.
She is terribly vulnerable in this
area - far more fragile than we have seen in the past.
And God is looking for this nation to REPENT of her
hedonism, her materialism and her "worship of pleasures"
before much worse comes upon her. This was clearly the
message of the hurricanes, to my mind. God was showing
how easily America can be "taken out".