Bumper Stickers

Have you seen those cars that have been taken over by bumper stickers.  If you look fast it’s almost like some eclectic, custom paint job … with wit.  I do not have one of those cars.  I will never have one of those cars but I am not opposed to one or two tastefully displayed stickers.  For the longest time I had one with the scripture reference Psalm 91 printed in such a way that the words looked like the American flag.  It was patriotic.  It expressed my faith.  And it was carefully placed on my rear window** perfectly perpendicular to the window frame.  Tasteful.  It remained there until a couple of months ago when I made a purchase from Life Is Good.  Upon checkout they asked if I would like to add a LIG sticker to my order.  Thinking of the now faded and worn Psalm 91, I clicked yes.  On the day my order arrived, it was off with the old and on with the new.  Now I don’t want ya’ll to think that I have thrown out Psalm 91 as a belief.  I still expect angels to watch over me. In fact, given the number of random bruises I acquire, I desperately need them too.  But “life is good” expresses my current state of being.  I lined it up next to the only other sticker on my car (“Our Ancestors Were Born At Home”) and an amazing thing happened.

I felt free.  It was as if a great cloud of responsibility had been lifted.  You see, in the back of my mind, I’ve worried about what people would think if I were in an accident.  You know would they see my Psalm 91 sticker and think, “Wow, her angels were off duty today.”  I’ve been concerned about the kind of Christian witness I portray when I inadvertently run a red light squeak through just as the light turns yellow.  I’m not a bad driver but everybody make the occasional mistake and I guess I’ve felt like I was under a microscope.  I didn’t want my actions to reflect badly on Christians in general.  Now I have two hippie kind of stickers on my car and I don’t worry about what people think  because they are probably thinking it about those tree hugging, hippie people and I’m definitely not one of those…… uhm, yeah.

Do you have bumper stickers on your car?  If so, what do they say?  If not, what’s the best one (or two) you’ve seen?


** Despite their name I refuse to put bumper stickers on my bumper which is basically the same as putting a sign on your derrier except that it’s your car’s derrier.  Okay, maybe its not the same but it’s weird to me and I don’t do it.

3 thoughts on “Bumper Stickers

  1. I have only one bumper sticker on my car and it is for My Mommy’s Place. I am very impressed with the Natural Child Project’s bumper sticker “Children behave as well as they are treated,” but thought that the day I’d put it ony car would be the day Julia escapes from her car seat and hangs out the window screaming something she heard me say that I shouldn’t have said in the thick of downtown, rush hour traffic. Things seem to go like that for me.

  2. mmm…I struggle with this one. I long to sport the bumper sticker that says: “Jesus loves you but everyone else thinks you’re an asshole.” Sadly, I don’t have the guts to drive through the church parking lot with that one. We drive an ’89 Nissan Maxima that has seen better decades, so we sport the all-inclusive: “Don’t let the car fool you, my treasure is in Heaven.” Most people say, “shouldn’t that be on a Mercedes or something?” and I say, “Hey, this car is the most expensive thing we own besides our kid. Get some perspective.” Or something like that.

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