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  What Would Jesus Drive?
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
November 2002

Christians shouldn't be showing off fancy cars - as well as a lot of other flashy things.


Jim Ball, pastor, give me a break!

And so you are off and running—or driving in your tiny whatever, eh?

Anyhow, you have launched your "What Would Jesus Drive?" fest in four states with bumper stickers, television commercials, etc.—including prime time ABC news coverage to start Wednesday November 21.

Behind you is your newly created Evangelical Environmental Network.

Chevy goes along with your revival enthusiasm with its own "Come Together and Rock Tour", complete with Jesus slip-ons decorating the fronts of their showroom autos.

Ok ok ok a-ready.

Pat Robertson calls your gung-ho evangelistic thrust a "joke," along with some other uncomplimentary words.

I call it: Right on, Jim!!

And you could go further than the max-expensive autos that Christians drive. There are the cruises and monster houses and jewelry and household trinkets up the yingyang—I think you get the message.

After all, Jesus said He had nowhere to place His holy head. That alone says to me that we don’t need to be quizzical in our century as to how to extrapolate to the first century’s Jesus mode.

Let’s jump off from no place for the Master to recline His weary body after a day of ministering thither and yon. Using that as a baseline gives us plenty of biblical bottom line to conclude that His style would be far from the opulent, material-hungry, raionalizing-believers- can-live-like-worldlings-and-get-by-with-it-at-the judgment preen and prance.

So. . .Jim. . .you’ve got something going with your push.

I just pray that you move on from high-priced wheels to all the other trappings believers tote about in the name of completely committed disciples of the cross.

Email J. Grant Swank


Joseph Grant Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME

Graduate of accredited college (BA) and seminary (M Div) with graduate work at Harvard Divinity School.

Married for 41 years with 3 adult children.

Author of 5 books and over 2000 articles in various Protestant and Catholic
magazines, journals and newspapers. Writer of weekly religion column for
PORTLAND PRESS HERALD newspaper, Portland ME.

Hobbies: Traveling to South America, Europe, Middle East, Canada; writing;
watercolor painting; meeting new friends.

Current occupations: Pastor; Teacher at Alternative Learning School for
at-risk youths.

Pastorates: Calgary, Alberta; Indianapolis IN; Akron OH; Fishkill NY;
Manchester CT; Walpole MA; Windham ME.

Winner of First Prize Writing Contest which yielded a three-week guided tour
of the Middle East.