tourism and oil don’t mix neither does pride and humility

Posted: July 5, 2010 in End times, Social Trends
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There is growing fear that the oil-polluted waters could soon spread beyond the boundaries of the Gulf of Mexico, threatening the tourism industry along the eastern Florida coast.

Government forecasters now say there’s up to an 80 percent chance that the massive spill will reach the waters off Miami by the middle of August, caught in the loop current around Florida and then pushed northward up the state’s east coast at a rate of 100 miles per day.

Watch ‘World News’ for more on this story tonight on ABC.

“Just because it’s not happening now, it’s still prudent to plan that there is a possibility for that to happen,” warned NOAA scientist Debbie Payton today.

If it gets in the loop current, the oil would bypass Florida’s west coast, but it would thread through the delicate environment of the Florida Keys before moving toward Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Most forecasts anticipate that Louisiana will continue to be besieged by the oil, though Texas will be spared.

NOAA officials say that Miami would see weathered tarballs, not thick blankets of oil, but that type of material has already been enough to sap places like Dauphin Island, Ala. of beachgoers.

No Tourists on Dauphin Island Beaches

Along the Gulf Coast, it should have been a fun holiday weekend with free-spending tourists packing the beaches, but instead cleanup crews patrol the sand.

Dauphin Island real estate agent Amy Vice said bookings have dropped dramatically.

“Last year this time I had 111,” Vice said. “We’ve got ten coming in tomorrow.

Vice said that most of her day is spent sifting through cancellations.

“I’m afraid that what’s going to happen is once it is capped and it’s finished and cleaned up, people won’t come back,” Vice said. “We have a lot of repeat customers and they’re trying to keep with us, but they are afraid to bring their families down here.”

Tourism Business Down Drastically Due to Spill

Overall holiday rentals are off by 80 percent on the island, and next door in Mississippi, tourism is off by 50 percent. Businesses along the Florida panhandle expected a record year in 2010, but not anymore.

Restaurateurs also say they’re doing half the business they were a year ago, and there’s no sign of things improving on this holiday.

“We’re doing a fraction of what we did last year,” said Adam Almord, owner of the Common Loon cafe on Dauphin Island. “The support we’re getting is strictly through locals” and cleanup crews, he said.

Tourism is being hammered by the oil disaster in the gulf.

While the debate continues concerning the future of what could happen if the oil continues to pour out into the gulf.  What we can be certain is that tourism is taking a nose dive.  Even the perceived vision of sandy beaches clogged with oil is making the tourist stay away.  It seems almost an irony that the American consumerism for the bigger and better may have brought that very nation to a disaster it can’t fix.   America the nation that could fix anything for a dollar has become the nation which is seeing the livelihood of multitudes being threatened.

The American dream is taking another battering.

  • 1Cr 1:19 “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”
  • 1 Cor 1:20 “Where [is] the wise? where [is] the scribe? where [is] the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? “
  • 1Cr 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.”

America has risen to world power and influence.  It has become proud and arrogant.  It has boasted of its riches and proclaimed we are wise and we are need of nothing.

  • Rev 3:17   Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

While I appreciate that Rev 3 has a wider significance, it almost seems strange that America fits this verse so admirably.  America has boasted of its wealth.  We even have an American invented Gospel of prosperity.  America has sold that dream to the world.  America has boasted that they have increased with goods and have need of nothing.  Yet God sees and declare you are wretched poor and blind.  The dream of unending prosperity is taking a battering.  America is having to stand by almost helpless to change things.

Pride comes before a fall

THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT AMERICA IS BEING HUMBLED BY ALMIGHTY GOD.

  • Psa 10:4 The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek [after God]: God [is] not in all his thoughts.
  • Pro 11:2 [When] pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [is] wisdom.
  • Pro 16:18 Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

America the nation that took prayer out of schools and removed the ten commandments from law courts.  America where men stood on the steps of government  after 9/11 and prayed.  But within days forgot what it was they prayed.  Even if the gulf disaster is fixed tomorrow, another disaster will arise soon afterwards.

Judgement has come and everyone is looking the wrong way.  The dark clouds are on the horizon.  The ominous sounds of thunder can be heard.  The flash of lighting spills across the sky and people continue to light their barbecues and put out their deck chairs.   They boastfully proclaim No God NO worries.  For others God is nothing more than a trained dog they keep on a leash.  But the thunder grows louder and clouds get darker, and the lighting begins to bite.

America which has trusted in its riches to solve anything and any problem continues to find their wealth is helpless in the face of disasters.

  • Jam 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisted the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

God is not mocked, nor is he blind, he is no ones fool, nor is he senile.  Man on the other hand believes himself to be wise when he has become a fool.  Man boasts in his achievements as he watches them crumble.  Man believes in his own prowess when in reality he will cower in shelters.

God has at his disposal the tornado,  and  hurricane.  The rain and the wind, he calls they respond.  Nothing is beyond his control.  Man believes he is a giant when God sees him as a grasshopper.

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