Did you by chance watch “Ten Bucks a Litre” by Dick Smith on ABC on Thursday night.  If not maybe you can watch it on iView.  Dick Smith has ever been an optimist and this was evident in his documentary about the issues we face in termes of energy.  He raised some serious questions about the potential which lies before us in terms of energy usage and costs, and not not simply financial costs.

Nevertheless listening to Smith I could not help thinking about Paul Gilding’s book “The Great Disruption” which paints a more dire picture. (A good summary can be seen in his TED talk). Or the even more disturbing article about Professor Steven Emmott’s research I read last week.  It predicts a massive global economic collapse in the mids 2020s, or to use Gildings anaology ‘the lights will go out’!

Aug to Dec 2010 084This week in our Bible study I returned to Psalm 8 as we considered the place of Christians in the world.  We discussed the notion of ‘dominion’ and I could not help asking again, with some  deep reservations, “So, how is that dominion thing really working out?”    

With this all in mind I find myself falling back to Psalm 121: “1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”  Where do we find hope in the midst of these immense challenges?  How do we live our faith in these times?