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What Would Jesus Drive?
by J. Grant Swank, Pastor
22 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.
Swank, Jr., Pastor, New Hope Church, Windham ME