You make the call. Last week I bought a used car from my neighbor and it has this on the trunk:
I am surprised to find that it is difficult to decide whether to leave it there or take it off. On one hand, I don’t think religion translates well to bumper stickers, t-shirts, or license plate holders. I cannot count the number of times I’ve been cut off in traffic by somebody whose vehicle announces to the world that she’s not perfect, just forgiven, or that his daughter and his money both go to BYU. Witnessing FAIL. Please people, learn to drive, then learn that the interstate at rush hour isn’t the place for testifying about your religion.
Then there is also the question of boundaries. Do other Christians feels a sense of ownership about this symbol? It offends me a little when anti-people use pictures of the Salt Lake temple or president Monson for their own purposes. My neighbors know I’m LDS; if I leave this on the car, will I inadvertently be stepping on some toes? There is also a question about my own people. If I park this car at the temple, is that like wearing a cross on a gold chain?
The endless back-and-forth about whether Mormons are Christians often comes down to this: Mormons claim to be Christians because we try to behave in a Christian way. Other Christians say Mormons aren’t Christians because we don’t make the right outward confessions. I know a Methodist who also believes in VooDoo. Why can’t I like the Jesus fish and Nephites too?
I’m leaving it up to the readers of this post to decide for me, and I would appreciate your vote in the comments below. So far, these are the choices I can think of:
1. Take it off the car.
2. Leave it as is.
3. Take it off and replace it with a bigger one.
4. Take it off and replace it with one of those Darwin fish with legs.
5. Leave it, but right below it put a bumper sticker that says “Discover America – Read the Book of Mormon!”. Then go drive around the campus of the Jimmy Swaggart Bible School and World Ministry and watch the heads explode.