I once read that when a car enthusiast explains their love of cars to a “normal” person, it sounds the same as someone who really loves washing machines explaining their passion. If you envision someone going on about the perfect vintage Maytag, it does seem a touch strange. Cars can be like people. You give them love and they’ll always look after you. You respect them, and they’ll watch your back. But most of all, if you’re willing to work on them yourself, they’ll be your best friend for life.
But cars are really not like people, who were created in the image of God. But, let me explain why so many fairly intelligent, well rounded, Bible believing people love cars so much. If you search the web for “why do people love cars” you get thousands of opinions of why experts, the famous, and even nobody’s, like me, love cars. They expound on the virtues, the fun, the investment, the nostalgia, and even the looks of cars but no scientific facts to explain the reasoning behind loving a car. I know there are different kinds of love. Agape, the Love God has for us, Phileo the love we have for our brother, but “car love” seems to capture some of all this. For me it’s the idea of creating…like raising a kid, taking it from humble beginnings and making it better, faster, prettier and all that. Driving them hard to make sure they hold up is important to me; like making sure our kids are tough enough to handle the world. I like my cars dependable, like my friends, beautiful like my wife, and profitable like my portfolio.
So what’s the point of loving cars anyway? Maybe you don’t love your car but just care about it enough to take care of it; a purely platonic relationship. Or maybe you find cars a necessary evil and can barely tolerate them; all these seem like relationship issues to me. I do know we must maintain our cars, and just like the people we know and care about, we must give them time and energy. If we don’t, we can “lose” the relationship and maybe end up alone or in the case of a car, alone without transportation.
God created us for fellowship and gave us dominion over the land and things to care for. For all the important things in our life, including our cars, we must give the proper amount of “time and treasure” to keep them running. One of my struggles is knowing the who, and the what and the when for the investment of my time and treasure. But, thankfully I have a God who wants to help me personally in the Person of Jesus with ALL struggles. He is how George and I know the who, and the what and the when for helping others at Restoration Rides Ministry and even the WHY I am writing this today. So be Thankful, (capital T) for everything, EVEN CARS and especially for the God who loves us.