Friday, March 14, 2008

A Plea to Fishy Cars

Have you seen all the cars that have bumper stickers with a fish on it like the above fish? I have been trying to figure out what the fish means. I thought I knew. I think I have finally figured it out. I think the fish means, "Get outta my way! I've got places to go and people to see! I don't care if I'm taking away your right-of-way!"

Do you know what I mean? It just seems like the fastest and meanest people on the highways have these bumper stickers. It reminds me of this joke:

A man was being tailgated by a stressed out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn, screaming in frustration, as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.

As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.

He said, "I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him." I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk; naturally... I assumed you had stolen the car."

I know this joke is intended to be funny, but it is too close to the truth to be funny for me. So please, if you have a "Jesus fish" on your car, be polite. Try to drive as though you are a child of the King. To quote Dr. Bob Jones III, "Live your life in such a way as to show how great your God is." If you can't, then please take your fish off!

Remember, your walk talks louder than your talk talks!

Thanks for listening. Many blessings ~ Kathie


Deb said...

Kathie, I agree! I see cars all the time that are the same way. We don't have a fish, but we do have a scripture license plate. We don't want to bring reproach on the name of the Lord by the way we drive. So I try to be careful!

Thanks for the email on the pin cushion and including the picture.

mhcowen said...

Kathie, Again I agree. When I was in High School I could not wait to have a car and sport my faith but I learned a thing or two about stumbling other people, even when it is not intentional...we all make mistakes. My husband worked in Palm Springs...need I say more. He had a christian fish on his car and obviously upset another driver. She flashed a "C" and mouthed "Christian" at him. Needless to say, it brought about for several interesting lessons and conversations. Whether we mean to or not, we can really push others away by our own mindless mistakes. I don't sport any emblems anymore in order to maintain that and not to stumble, even when we make mistakes. Plus, I really do not think most people truly know the "story" behind the fish and it has become just another religious icon unfortunately.