Detroit Churches Pray for Hybrids

The New York Times reported that worshipers in Detroit churches held services on Sunday to pray for a bailout of the US automobile industry. At Greater Grace Temple, an 8,000-member Pentecostal church in northwest Detroit, Bishop Charles H. Ellis III gave his sermon, titled “A Hybrid Hope.” As a backdrop to the sermon, three SUVs were on stage: a Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Escape and Chrysler Aspen—all gas-electric hybrids.

Hybrid SUVs at Alter
Hybrid SUVs at Alter
Hybrid SUVs at Alter

Outside the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, a sign beckoned passers-by to hear about “God’s bailout plan.” As churchgoers prayed for a miracle, Congressional Democrats were drafting legislation to provide emergency bridge loans of about $15 billion to the Big Three automakers, in exchange for tight government control of the struggling American auto industry.

Those controls would include stringent guidelines for improving fuel efficiency of cars and trucks—well beyond the earthly MPG of the hybrid SUVs at the alter.

Pentecostal Bishop Charles H. Ellis III gave a sermon, titled “A Hybrid Hope.” He said, “Let’s pray that God touches the heart of Congress to vote this aid up.”

Bishop Ellis wanted hybrid vehicles as part of the service to “illustrate his message” of hope, and to help electrify the audience. But saving Detroit in the long run, according to
many industry analysts, will require greater electrification of the automobile.

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  • anon Imus

    strange days indeed

  • Lou Cipher

    I think we should pray for an tricked up Escalade that gets 15MPG instead of 14mpg.

  • Jeff F

    wow… this just seems insane too me. They definitely need the prayers!

  • BrettB

    Praise the lord! Now buy me an Escalade or Forrd Escape Hybrid SUV!

  • John W

    We need to pray for God’s will to be done, not ours. What if its His will for the big 3 to fail? So be it. It might be good for America. Whats the point in saving a company that can’t make money? This church has their priorities mixed.

  • qqRockyBeans

    god dam escalades!

  • Old Man Crowder

    Oh yeah. God is going to help the Big 3, for sure. He’s all about capitalism, you know.

    C’mon, people. Get real. God isn’t going to help with corporate welfare. He’s too busy picking lottery numbers for the fat woman in the muumuu.

  • Lady J

    (Proverbs 10:2 Ill-gotten treasures are of no value,
    but righteousness delivers from death.
    Hosea 13:15
    even though he thrives among his brothers. An east wind from the LORD will come, blowing in from the desert; his spring will fail and his well dry up. His storehouse will be plundered of all its treasures.
    18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

    Treasures in Heaven
    Matthew 6:18-20; “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

  • JL

    Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Hybrid Humvee?
    My freinds all drive pickups, I must make amends.
    Worked hard on my windmill, no help from my friends,
    So Lord, won’t you buy me a Hybrid Humvee?

  • Daniel7789

    I hope the prayers work. Hybrids would be much easier on our planet.