God is Finished with Detroit
At last! Another installment of the evangelical art and kitch series! Today I came across the photographs of freelance writer and artist James D. Griffioen. Griffioen has an excellent spread on Detroit, the ultimate urban wasteland-turned-Arcadia.
I focus on the retro bumper sticker: “Be Patient: God is not Done Yet.” I’ve seen many bad evangelical bumper stickers in my day. “My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter.” “Think You’re Perfect? Try Walking on Water?” And the list goes on. I appreciate this piece for its many layers of irony. It’s on a rusted out car in Detroit, the capital of the rust belt. Vegetation has re-wilded the city, and with the collapse of General Motors, it does appear that God is done with Detroit. But I’ll relax and be patient nonetheless. I’m just glad I don’t live there.