So he died up on that cross and then came back to life to pay our parking tickets? That's right, a group of some 90 Treasure Valley evangelical Christian churches--we'll call them the Churches of the Divine Parallel--will pay up to $10,000 in parking tickets for you, just for asking.
It's a media stunt, inspired by Jesus and a man named Michael Boerner, now with Unity Media Group, to demonstrate the Christian concept of grace.
"You don't earn it, you just take it in," explains Gary Heller, project manager at Mission Media, a local Christian PR firm that aims to inject its religious views into the secular/mainstream media realm by holding events like the Grace Gift Parable. "God's love is like that. All you have to do is come and ask and he will give it."
In 2004, the parking ticket amnesty made international headlines and graced the evening news in some 80 domestic markets, Heller said. So if everyone's doing it, BW may as well jump on the Jesus-fueled ticket-amnesty train.
But we want you to go into this with eyes wide open. Know this, Boise: 1) Parking is a privilege, not a right. You still suck for monopolizing our space. 2) If a man of the cloth pays your fine, you don't have to drink his blood or eat his cookies. 3) At least the Churches of the Divine Parallel are screwing with our heads and not with impoverished Third Worlders, who probably don't even have cars. 4) Don't forget to say thank you. 5) Amen.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., FREE, in front of Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd. Pastors will cut checks to anyone presenting valid, original parking tickets until their $10,000 runs out. You are then responsible for submitting the check to the ticketing agency. Funky Christmas music and snacks provided.