October Village Green Corner 2006
What Would Jesus Drive ?
There's been a campaign in the US run by some Evangelicals called "What Would Jesus Drive?" to highlight the mismatch between America's love affair with the automobile and it's love of Jesus. The scientists say that the carbon dioxide from our cars (and planes, buildings and factories) is threatening to destroy life as we know it, life created, according to the Bible, by and for Jesus. Maybe the answer to "what would Jesus drive?" is "a bicycle."
But we're not Jesus. We hope to be like him one day, but until then all we can do is to allow ourselves to be changed to become more like him, and one of the ways we can do that is to reduce the damage our lifestyles are having on his earth.
Here are some ideas:
Blessed are the small in car. When you replace your car downgrade to a smaller model. Impress the heck out of your neighbours with your counter-cultural thinking and tell them why - that you believe it's God's earth, our children's future and you've decided to trash it as gently as you can.
- Give your car a break! Pick a day in the week, or even every other day, to leave your car at home. Choose activities, shops, holidays nearer home. And here's a great bit of perverse logic for all you SUV drivers out there - if you choose not to drive you are saving a whole load more carbon dioxide emissions than someone who decides not to drive their Micra.
- Keep tyres pumped up. If you're sceptical about the impact this will have (as I used to be) try pushing a fully laden 3 wheeled buggy with the tyres under-inflated.