Church group to pray for lower gas prices
Consumers love to bitch and moan about gas prices, but what do we ever do about it?
We protest and write our MPs (Pickering-Scarborough Liberal leader Dan McTeague has long been our shining crusader on this front), yes, though none of us take our gripes to, say, a higher power.
Surely, even the most religious Canadians don’t pray for lower gas prices, yet that’s what a Georgia church group will do this weekend – proof that, with all that’s wrong in the world, the rising cost of gas may have been pushed to the forefront.
Indeed, while you might expect God’s channels to be filled with Libya and Japan-related requests these days, it’s gas prices the good Lord will have to deal with this Saturday.
That’s when the Beacon of Light Christian Center in Dublin, Georgia – a little more than two hours southeast of Atlanta – will gather at a local grocery store gas station to throw their hands up in mercy.
“If it doesn’t drop to nothin’ but ten cents, I’m happy with that,” church pastor Marshall Mabry said. “But what I really want to believe God (will) do is drop (the current prices) down $1.50.”
Specific plea, no doubt, but Mabry and his group might want to bring out their big guns this weekend to get prices back to a respectable level.
Analysts say gas prices are to stay sky-high throughout the summer, and in Canada, the last time the cost of fuel got this high it took about seven months to return to decency.
In March of 2008, when Canadian gas prices really started to take off, the average national pump read about $1.13 per litre for regular gasoline. Over the next half-year, prices surged to more than $1.40 per litre and it wasn’t until October that prices returned to the $1.13 mark.
Could we be looking at the same pattern now? According to GasBuddy.com, the average national pump price reached that same $1.13 mark in January of this year, and has spiked to about $1.28 per litre as of Tuesday.
By that count, if 2008 was any measuring stick, we won’t again reach the $1.13 mark until August or September.
Lord help us.
By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
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Posted by: Chip | Apr 12, 2021 11:49:02 PM
So... will members of this church group be on their knees, faces down and facing Mecca. Better throw a few Allah is Great in there.
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Posted by: Steven | Apr 13, 2021 5:58:35 AM
Perhaps if they prayed loudly on the steps of Washington for a removal of E85 and and for laws limiting speculation on fuel by pension funds and private groups there might be a positive change. Sadly up to this point religious involvement seems only to lead to an increase in the price of fuel world wide.
Posted by: Birds | Apr 13, 2021 8:46:56 AM
I would like to see an article about consumer power. Perhaps one that refreshes and/or enlightens us about the reality of what happened awhile ago when a very large number of people refused to go to the pumps for one day in protest of price gouging at the pumps.
As for the prayers...keep them coming at least they are indicative of action and opinion versus just opinion.
Posted by: Jack | Apr 13, 2021 2:34:32 PM
Is this for real??? Yeah, let's lower gas prices so we can all go back to wasting more of it.
Posted by: KJ Collins | Apr 15, 2021 4:05:36 PM
Yeah, forget about praying to end world hunger, wars, rape, greed, avarice, communism.....I am sure Jesus and his Dad are concerned about your Exxon/esso credit card bill and will send the Angles down to mitigate your horrors....Why not pray to God to add a 32nd flavour to Baskin & Robins menu? About as worthy IMO.
Posted by: max dorman | Apr 24, 2021 12:47:49 AM
those praying for lower gas prices are poor examples of christians,lets pray for 4 $20 GAS and $50 cigarettes, it would certainly help gree nhouse gas emissions
Posted by: Rolf Jakobi | May 16, 2021 4:04:14 PM
There was an article in a Canadian magazine some years ago in regards to synthetic fuel prodution. It stated quite clearly that during W.W. 2 , Germany relied 90% on synthetic fuel production. After the war, this formula was apparently distributed amongst the post-war allied countries. Am I the only one that read the article?, has technology remained at a stand still since the end of the war?, hollywood even made a movie about it called The Formula starring George C. Scott.
Why are we paying OPEC or is it that we are putting synthetic fuel into our vehicles at fossil fuel prices?
Posted by: henry de graaf | Jul 15, 2021 10:24:11 AM
This is ingorance and superstition. What drives the gas market is supply and demand.
Religion works because people will accept whatever happens, as God's will.
Imagine a pastor who can't even speak a grammatical sentence, though.
Posted by: Russ Rowe | Oct 26, 2021 5:29:00 PM
Maybe they should save their `Leap of Faith` and buy a new electric only car like the Nissan Leaf. (Don`t kid yourself, all the other car manufacturers have them as well, they are just waiting to see how the first one is accepted by the public) Keep the gas guzzler for longer trips and use the electric to commute to work. When the gas companies and the fuel speculators see their golden cow dying, gas prices will plummet. If you are waiting for the government to do anything, remember, for every increase in gas prices, the government gets an increase in revenue. Not much incentive there, technically it could be classed as a government bribe to look the other way.