What Would Jesus Drive?
By Matthew Tomasino
If Jesus were to appear today he would surely have to find some way to get around. I can’t imagine he’d want to limit healing the afflicted and performing miracles to a 10-mile radius. So the question is, “What would Jesus drive?”
He’d Ride Responsibly
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning when God created the Heavens and Earth….” becomes the first clue as to how Jesus may approach his transportation choices. To honor his father’s creation, he may become a beacon of the green movement. I see him responsibly shuttling around in a fuel-efficient Prius, bicycle, subway, or bus. There’s no way he’d stop five times a day to fill up his polluting gas guzzler.
He’d Ride Socially
The second clue comes from the emphasis to walk among the people in the Bible. In Genesis, God said it was not good for man to be alone, and created a companion for him. The Bible also frequently describes Jesus among multitude and encouraging people to “love thy neighbor.” It doesn’t seem right that Jesus would coop himself up in his own car. He’d likely take public transportation so that he could interact more with all God’s children.
Why Not the Big Apple?
New York City just might be the perfect place for Jesus to get around. With the most extensive public transportation network in North America, ridership on buses, subways, and trains has grown faster than the population in recent years. Moreover, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group reports that New York City’s mass transit saved 1.8 billion gallons of oil in 2006 and $4.6 billion in gasoline costs. Amazingly, that comes out to 11.8 million metric tons of CO2 kept out of the air as well as residents’ lungs.
Therefore, what would Jesus drive? Well, in NYC he may not drive at all, he may hop on and hop off the greatest, fastest, and one of the greenest mass transit systems in the world.
“Bring Jesus to Me!”
I live in NYC and – like most New Yorkers – take the subway everywhere. As I sat listening to the amazing guitar licks of jazz artist Wes Montgomery, a man begging for change on my subway car yelled, over and over, “Bring Jesus to me!” Unable to ignore his rantings, I handed him a dollar. Then I started thinking . . . Bring Jesus to me?
Yes! The best way to bring Jesus to you is to embrace his way of life. On the subway I’m exposed to a diverse array of God’s children. We work together to help lost tourists. We stand up when an elderly or sick person needs to sit down. We love our neighbors and we do it without polluting the air and jeopardizing our planet. And it makes me feel good.
What if you decided to take public transportation one day? Would it make a positive change in your life?
Maybe if we begin to look at the “What ifs” we might be able to start creating the “Right nows.” What would Jesus drive is a question that may start a dialogue amongst the faithful to create more pro-active religious based green change.
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Matthew Tomasino is a freelance writer living in New York City.