By Christopher Simon
Walk or Drive? What Would Jesus Do?
It is encouraging that fewer teenagers are learning how to drive, or are putting off learning until somewhat later, when their judgment is probably much better. Many cities and towns are making their streets safer and more convenient for walking, riding a bicycle or using public transportation. Perhaps in the future many of
us won’t need to own a car to get around.
Driving safely and cooperatively with the other people on the road says a lot about your character. I have often wondered if Jesus was around today whether he would drive a car, or perhaps ride a bike, or just stick to walking. The New Testament portrays Jesus as frequently walking, and scholars
have estimated that Jesus may have walked over 20,000 miles in his 33 years on earth. The one instance where he rides (Matthew 21) has him riding on a colt (or perhaps a donkey) into Jerusalem—a pretty humble ride for the King of Kings.
Perhaps Pope Francis is right in his choice of vehicles, a used 1984 Renault which was donated to the Vatican. No need to be driving anything too fancy.
And regardless of what kind of car we drive, we should all follow the rules of the road and be extra cautious around motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, all of whom are imperiled by careless drivers. So buckle up, keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and your head out of your apps!