I’ve never been a car junkie. Don’t get me wrong, I completely appreciate a beautiful automobile that can accelerate like an F-16. I have always been amused by the reasons someone buys their car. Ask a financial expert and they will tell you that what you drive tells a lot about how you view your personal finances.
I often wonder how much a pastor thinks about what he drives. If I were a pastor, I would probably be incredibly insecure about how people viewed my ride. What does it say about their heart? When a pastor asks people to give to the church, do they question where the money “really” is going? If they preach about giving to the poor, are they doing the same? If their church has exceeded 2000 attendance, can they get that suped-up sports car? Or is their car too sissy? Too bold? Even worse, are they driving their wife’s Mary Kay pink Cadillac? If you are a pastor reading this, I can only imagine how many things you are judged upon.
Not long ago I saw a pastor driving around in this amazing 330 BMW. I’m not even sure what my pastor drives to be honest. I’d like to think that he drives something modest but should I even care? Whether you are pastor or not, the class-warfarist in me thinks that when faced with the choice in traffic whether to let a Ford Fusion or a Mercedes into my lane, sorry Heir Mercedes, you are going to have to wait.
For me I ask if I should purposefully drive a Yugo, a beat up old sedan, or a pickup truck? A pickup truck might annoy my more liberal friends saying I was wasting gas and not using it to haul stuff on a regular basis. If I had an SUV, well…how American. You suburban gas guzzling yuppie pastor. So here I am…my wife and I have a minivan, which we love and loathe. I don’t need to explain why. If you have kids, you get it.
I read a few years ago about Kurt Warner after he received his big contract from the St. Louis Rams, he didn’t really upgrade his car, he just made sure he had a safe SUV since he had a bunch of kids. I’m pretty practical like that but then again I bought a lottery ticket the other day and I couldn’t help but think what car I would purchase if I actually won. The act of buying a lottery ticket says a lot about my heart I suppose.
I drive a 2008 Honda Accord, which I bought for its practicality and reliability. My grandfather Papa Jack worked for General Motors for forty years and I recently. I felt like a complete family letdown for buying a Japanese car but the truth is and we all know that our American manufacturers haven’t necessarily had their act together the past few years. I’m starting to see a turnaround from them so when I need another car, I’ll definitely consider “Made in the USA.” Recently my grandmother said that Papa Jack said he secretly always wanted to have a Volkswagen. That made me smile.
I work in publishing with that comes a lot of interaction with pastors. Many of these pastors are some amazing people. Some of them do sacrificial things like not taking a church salary and only utilizing their book royalties. I’ve seen every type of car driven by them but have never been bold enough to ask. So if you are clergy, beware, I’ll be asking you what you drive this week.
So, what is your pastor driving? Ever asked him (or her) why?
What about you? What do you drive and why?