Several years ago I was at stop light on my bike. I was returning from the hospital and dressed in my generic pastoral uniform: khakis, clergy shirt and collar, and navy blazer. Next to me was another clergy person in a car, dressed in the exact same generic pastoral uniform. The main difference was our mode of transit. I was riding a bike, they were driving a car.
As the light turned green the car moved forward and I started pedaling. As the car passed me I noticed a bumper sticker:
I have no qualms with a clergy person driving a car (it is sometimes necessary for the position). But why is the car the only form of accepted transit for clergy? I am trying to create space within American Christianity for a non-car-centric form of the religion. I am trying to make the argument for more people-centric forms of the religion. Why are cars more synonymous with Christianity than walking, bicycling and taking public transit?