WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE, IF JESUS DROVE?
by Rev. James L. Snyder
My career as a human being has lasted more than 50 years. During that time, I guess I have seen and heard just about everything. Some things I did not want to learn. Things I could get along without, thank you. I still remember when I first discovered Santa Claus was not real. I cannot tell you how painful that wee bit of knowledge was for yours truly. I could have gone for years without knowing that little tidbit. (My wife and her big mouth.)
The television is full of things I really don't need to know. Very little of it has anything to do with my daily life. All it does is cram my head full of miscellaneous things leaving no room for more important things like, where did I put my car keys. Telemarketers call every day with information they think I need but I can get along quite well without it. Trying to say no to a telemarketer is an exercise in futility, which is all the exercise I've been getting lately. Of course, some things I was eager to find out about. Some of it came by way of teachers, some by books I have read and some by personal experience. There's nothing quite as exhilarating as discovering something new. Just when a person thinks he has heard everything, something comes along to dispel that assessment of life. I would've thought someone my age with my repertoire of knowledge could not be surprised. Not that I'm bragging or anything. I just figured I had heard everything.
The person who knows everything probably has not heard all the questions yet. The latest assault on my noodle comes as a complete surprise to me. I know that may be a strong statement as very few things are truly complete in themselves. I'm prepared for a lot of things, in fact most things, but this caught me off guard. While watching the news recently, adding to my store of worthless information, they did a segment entitled, What Would Jesus Drive
At first, it did not make sense to me. I thought someone was just joking, or poking fun at certain advertisers. Imagine my shock when I discovered they were serious. Most people are familiar with the saying, "What Would Jesus Do?" Go into any Christian bookstore and you will find many products with the initials W.W.J.D. Anything from bracelets to bookmarkers. And, I suppose all of it is well and good. However, this latest saying just has my noodle in a scramble. If I understand it correctly, some organization concerned about the environment is behind this latest advertising blitz. They believe certain vehicles are dangerous to our environment; therefore, we should not be driving them.
Consequently, they assume Jesus would not drive such a vehicle. Rather, according to their assumption, Jesus would drive an environmentally friendly vehicle. I have read the New Testament many times and have concluded that Jesus rode a donkey. When he did not ride a donkey, he walked. Is this group really serious about the environment? If they are, why don't they do what Jesus did? Ride a donkey.
They can sell their cars and give the money to charitable concerns. Then, to be environmentally friendly, they could walk wherever they wanted to go and help preserve our environment. What would Jesus drive is not the real question. What I want to know is would Jesus drive my car? Some mornings I wish He would.
Take this past week, for example. Every morning I got up, there was ice on my car windshield. I don't mind the cold as long as it doesn't dip below the Florida line. I do mind when it's cold where I am. Unfortunately, my car minds as well. At least on this subject we agree. Have you ever noticed that when you are in a hurry nothing else is? When I have plenty of time, when the weather is beautiful, my car is in top running order. If I get up early in the morning, well before my first appointment, everything seems to fall into place as nice as can be.
However, if I oversleep just a tad, the whole world stops. Somewhere a courier service watches my sleep habits. If I oversleep, the alarm goes off and the plan goes into action. Everything and everyone is in on the plot against me. Leading this conspiracy is my car. Somehow, and I don't really understand this, my car knows exactly when I am running late and compensates by not running at all. I dash out the door and jump into my car. I wouldn't swear to this but there have been times when I thought I heard my car snickering at me. Then it takes forever to get the car started.
What I really want to know is would Jesus drive my car? There have been days I would have cheerfully given it to Him or anybody else that happened to be around at the time. I'm not sure using Jesus like this or making him part of some advertising plan is the best plan. Jesus did not come to be a salesman nor a trendsetter for people with nothing better to do with their lives.
The real purpose of Jesus coming is neither to satisfy the whim of men and women nor to advance their social agenda. The Bible puts it quite clearly. "The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10 KJV) I don't know what Jesus would drive, but I do know why He came. He came to give you and me life more abundantly.