Bumpersticker Seen Recently on an Escalade

I was driving down the street the other day and got stuck at a red light behind a gigantic Escalade. I went through the usual thoughts about how much gas the car was guzzling, how much the owner paid for fuel every week, whether or not he or she actually needed said Escalade for driving around the suburbs. Then I noticed this bumpersticker on the back of the behemoth:

In the Event of Rapture, This Car Will Be Driverless

And I thought, "Wow, when that happens, who gets your car?"

I wouldn't want it because of the aforementioned high gas prices, but I'm sure there are any number of local families who would love to just park it somewhere and live in it, seeing as how it's bigger and better-equipped than the sub-standard housing found in many parts of this city.

It just kind of made me mad. As I drove along behind this huge, ostentatious thing, I wondered how much the sucker cost. What are the monthly payments on something like that? How many people could the owner help by trading it in for a sedan and donating the difference in the car payment to a local food bank? And wouldn't that be the christian thing to do anyway?

No, I don't begrudge rich people their wealth. But I do wonder sometimes about how wealthy religious people arrive at the decisions they've made, how they rationalize themselves into a decision that makes sense to them, and how they justify that decision to others. Then again, probably no one in this Escalade owner's social circle every questions him/her about choice of transportation. The church parking lot is probably full of these things.

But still, it makes me wonder, and just shake my head at the hypocrisy.

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Comment by SteveInCO on March 12, 2013 at 9:24am

Sure you want it, you can turn around and sell it and get something more economical and maybe have enough money left over to fill the tank.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 12, 2013 at 9:23am

An Escalade, eh?  YUK-TOOEY!  I'll keep my 328i, thankuverymuch!

As for the message, consider this: what if the driver gets raptured and the passengers DON'T?  At 65 mph on the Interstate, that could get ugly in a real hurry.  Oh, but god MEANT that to happen, didn't he?!?  [merde, alors!]

As for Josh's bumper sticker, how about variations on a theme, to wit:

Comment by Michael Penn on March 12, 2013 at 8:36am

The bumper sticker is silly and ill informed. Rapture. A doctrine based on a word, parasia. "Great joy" at his appearing. The gullible think this is when they go to Heaven. I call it "beam me up, Scotty." In the first place, Jesus was not "taking anybody to Heaven," he was coming back to earth. Caught up to meet him in the air, and it happens "instantly" - meaning no cars will be without drivers. The event is like the blinking of an eye. For the gullible who think they are going to Heaven at this time, it's explained that the chaos that follows with wrecks and even death is totally OK. That's because the "holy spirit has been removed at this time." Trained very well in this dogma, I'm asking you - what in the hell are they talking about? It makes no sense except that the gullible want to be thought of as "special."

Comment by Just Trying on July 20, 2008 at 10:03am
So silly. I hate bumper stickers like that!

I saw one that I did love however: "I'm the Christian the Devil Warned You About -- All Jesus All The Time".
Comment by Becky Garcia on July 19, 2008 at 12:31am
Ugh. That's almost as bad as the license-plate frame that I frequently see on a very expensive parked car. "Tithing Pays". Either they're somehow making a killing off of tithes from their church, or they're not tithing as much as they probably ought to. =D



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