You know the vehicle. The one with the Jesus Fish emblem (guilty), the family emblem, Apple icon (again, guilty), or the “NOBAMA”, “COEXIST”, “Proud to be an American”, ”Bush is a Weapon of Mass Destruction” bumper stickers. You know the vehicle. You know the bumper stickers. You know the people… YOU may be one of the them.
In the new blog series “Bumper Sticker Theology”, I will be considering some of the inherent and attributed theology, ideology, presuppositions, meanings, and reasons for some of our favorite bumper stickers or emblems. I am well aware that the symbols, slogans, and metaphors that are plastered on our vehicles are powerful literary and visual weapons with a nearly inexhaustible arsenal of meanings. This is why this series will be so much fun!
I am hoping to begin conversations around these “common mobile billboards” in order to tease out the variety of meanings they may or may not convey. The chief end of this blog series (for those who contribute, read, and engage in it) will be a stronger “metaphysical reflex” to examine those forces of culture (like bumper stickers) that passively shape reality.
For Christians this blog series can be an exercise to work out the muscles that are required to live out Colossians 2:8:
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”
So, what are some of your favorite bumper stickers? What are some bumper stickers that we can explore together?