Ramble for Kirwan Uniting Church Keep in Touch newsletter 6 December 2020
I’ve put a couple of Stable on the Streets stars either side of my rear number plate. The last time that I had anything on my car identifying me as a Christian, at Dayboro, I inherited magnetic signs from my predecessor which carried our service times. One fell off along a country lane, and rather than retrace my route to find it, I took off the other one, too, because it was inhibiting my driving habits. That is, I couldn’t shout at visiting Victorians for driving too slowly, or try to out-accelerate whoever was alongside me at traffic lights, while I sported signs declaring that Dayboro Uniting Church was a welcoming, family Christian community.
When I first started driving, mumble mumble years ago, it was the custom for earnest young Christians to have a sticker in their back window, or on their bumper, declaring that Jesus Saves, or The Wages of Sin is Death, or, a few years later, the Fish symbol. I’m still wary of whoever is in front of me when I see that Fish, because my experience is that the Fish people ought not to be allowed anywhere near a car except as well-strapped-in rear seat passengers.
Anyway, here I am with my automotive witness to a gospel event in Townsville, so I must remember that loving my neighbour as myself extends to fellow road users. Because it’s all very well standing on the stage at KUC quoting scripture – the devils can do that, by the way – for the benefit (I hope) of 80 folk, but 150,000 more will form an impression of Christ’s love by how my star-adorned old Merc comports itself on Dalrymple or Ingham or Fulham Roads.
Philippians 1:27 Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.