Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. (Proverbs 14:4 NKJV)
It suddenly hit me that we could substitute oil for ox and it might make more sense to the modern American.
Where no oil is drilled, the land is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of oil.
City dwellers are so isolated from farm animals. I remember hearing about the high school girl that was surprised that somebody had to kill a steer to make hamburger. She always thought that it just came from the grocery store. So what "increase" does an Ox's strength produce? Food of course.
Yes! We have to be good stewards and clean up after ourselves but no oil equals no production. Or shall I say limited and expensive production. While solar, wind, and wave energy may be cheaper, harvesting energy from them is not. We use energy to produce the things we need to take care of our families and maybe our friends. If we cannot use our own oxen (i.e. oil, gas, nuclear, etc...) for energy, we will have to buy it from others at a greater cost. Instead of paying Americans for our energy, we can buy it from dictators or dictator wannabe's. And while our trough or land may be clean and empty, so will be our factories, bank accounts, and maybe even our refrigerator's.
Drill here, drill now.