There is a momentous question being debated, in homes, bars, workplaces, and churches of all stripes:
What Would Jesus Drive? (WWJDrive?)
Your intrepid correspondent, having a curiosity about what others are thinking, last September traipsed down to a Church, in the Los Angeles area, for some answers one evening.
I have the record of that event and as an example of the variety of views on the subject let me share with you part of the Saturday evening sermon given by the Reverend G. Willikers, Pastor of the Discombobulated Church in the Wildwood, Southern California Sinod, LA County Chapter # 13:
[ Transcribed from a live recording ]
Brothers and Sisters there is a discussion loosed upon the land!
People are asking a question, and hungering for an answer!
People are asking, what would Jesus, our Lord and Savior, drive?
They are asking this question because they believe that transportation is a moral issue.
My reply is to say that the answer can be found in the Good Book itself, the edition that our church has been following since it was handed down to our dearly departed founder lo, those 15 years ago.
The answer, Brothers, and Sisters can be found in Levititicus, Chapter 7 verse 66, paragragh 6.
In this chapter it is told to us that when Jesus wandered alone in the Poppy fields for 48 hours, to contemplate his navel, he was confronted by Satan in a fabulous golden SUV.
And it is written that, when Satan offered Jesus the keys, Jesus put forth his hands before him and said in a strong clear voice:
GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN! You cannot tempt the Son of God with such a gas guzzling monstrosity!
And, Brothers, and Sisters, as Satan disappeared, Jesus got back on his Specialized Sirrus Sport Road Bicycle and pedaled on his way...
Can I get an Amen, Brothers and Sisters?
I say, can I get an AMEN?
Bless you Brothers and Sisters...
It has recently come to my attention that the good Reverend was transferred to a new Church a little over a month AFTER this sermon.
He now preaches from the pulpit of The Discombobulated Church in the Wildwood, Southern California Sinod, Orange County Chapter #7.
Some consider the good Reverend, and his denomination, as controversial as Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Pat Robertson, Jerry Fallwell, and even the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, of Trinity United Church Of Christ, the church of Presidential Candidate Barack Obama.
As far as I know neither Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bill Clinton, or John McCain, have attended any of the services of the Reverend G. Willikers, or had any contact with his denomination anywhere in the United States.
I promise to keep an eye on him, and his sermons and, if I record another, of sufficent newsworthiness to share, rest assurred I will post it.
Afterall, if the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Times, the OC Weekly, or the LA Weekly won't do so then someone has to. ;-D
Oh, and one more thing:
Would Jesus prefer a Bicycle over a Car of ANY type?
Who knows? ;-D
The interesting WWJDrive website, linked above, gives visitors something to think about, agree, or disagree.
****UPDATE - April 1, 2014****
It has recently come to my attention that the good Reverend was transferred to a new Church in the fall of 2012.
He now preaches from the pulpit of The Discombobulated Church in the Wildwood, Houston Sinod, Harris County, Texas, Chapter.