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.