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From E Class to Ecological Conservation
By Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr. (Contributing Writer) II
Published April 11, 2013

Rev. Mark Whitlock

Recently, I exchanged a 2011 E550 Mercedes for a 2013 Chevy Volt, an ecological car. After experiencing withdrawals, depression, and an E Class twelve step program, the decision was worth it.

The Chevy Volt is a battery and gasoline hybrid offering on average 65 mpg. I’ve gone from E class to saving green cash and gas.

Automobiles traveling America’s highways release about 1.6 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.  Each gallon of gasoline burned creates 20 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) that total 5 to 9 tons of CO2 each year. This is destroying our ozone, creating brown air and polluting future generations.

We need to rethink, relook, and retake responsibility in addressing global environmental and ecological economic problems. Church leaders may, at minimum, begin discussing these issues. Yet, there is a loud silence in the faith community.

Who will lead us out of economic waste? Answer: God sends preachers to save the earth. Transportation costs, insurance rates and car prices are increasing. Gasoline, maintenance, and repair costs exceed the value of the vehicle.

But, what if leading mega church pastors would consider coming out of expensive, gas consuming vehicles into inexpensive, fuel saving hybrids. This is in no way a criticism against my colleagues, but a call to consider going green and setting a standard for saving money.

These days I hardly miss my Mercedes (much)!  I’m enjoying the gas savings and the joy of going green, cutting transportation expenses in half.  Now, church members are talking about coming out of expensive cars into hybrids!!

Romans 12:2 says, ‘Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.’



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