All of Episcopal Church's Problems Helpfully Summarized on Back of Hybrid Vehicle
December 11, 2006 12:00 PM
Here's a photograph of a car I see around town quite a bit:
So here's the question: which one of those stickers makes all the rest redundant? Is it the 2-year old Kerry-Edwards sticker? The sticker for the Human Rights Campaign? The one that says "Prayerfully Pro-choice? The Episcopal Shield? Or the fact that they are all slapped on the back of the world's ugliest hybrid car?
Couldn't any one of those things, by itself, make the same point about the driver of this car? Yes, we get it. You are liberal. We had you pegged at hello. We are not confused in any respect about your world view.
It is incredible, though. I am a lifelong Episcopalian--and I have absolulely nothing in common with the driver of this car. Nothing. In fact, the driver of this car is for everything I am against. Kerry-Edwards? Please. Gay Marriage? Sorry, no. Pro-abortion? Definitely no. Believer in global warming? Heck no. If we need more dinosaurs to turn into oil, we can always burn the liberals.
I even find the color of the car offensive. Honda describes it as "citrus-yellow." In reality it is a hideous, puke shade of chartreuse. The color is an affront to the senses. As is the entire shape of the car.
And yet, the driver is an Episcopalian. Everyone thinks that Episcopalians still have great aesthetics in common. This car certainly disproves that.
The car is a Honda Insight, which was discontinued in 2006, after Honda was unable to sell more than 14,000 of them. Over a six-year period. Does that say something about whether this driver's choices are in line with the general public's? Does it say anything about the modern Episcopal church's realistic chances for evangelism?
What does it mean when no one's buying what you're selling?