Christian t-shirts are pretty popular in religious circles these days. They are so popular in fact, I think that they should come with a warning label or a series of test questions you should answer and pass before you can buy and wear one.
When we first moved to Scott City I took my kids to the park a lot, hoping that I might meet some new people. On one of the first weekends we were here the park had a special event that included bounce houses. My kids love those things, so we spent over an hour at they park. While my kids bounced and slide down the puffy slides I had a chance to watch people. One girl in particular caught my eye – she had a shirt on that said something about Jesus being her life, so naturally I thought she was a Christian.
I was excited to see another Christian mom and looked for an opportunity to meet her. Unfortunately the opportunity never came because she spent most of her time there screaming at her kids or gossiping with some of her friends (really, I could hear the conversation from my park bench). I tried to say hi to her once, but after a curt reply from her, I dropped the attempt.
Now, I don’t want to judge that woman – we all sin and don’t act very Christian-like sometimes and maybe she was having a bad day – but I wasn’t impressed with the way she was representing Christians.
If you are having a bad day – leave the Christian t-shirt at home. Christians are ambassadors of Christ all the time, but your life is like a billboard for Christ when you are wearing one of those shirts. People will want to know if you really are living what you say you believe.
I think that Christian t-shirts are great – the more that we can get people thinking about God the better – but be careful if you wear one. The world is watching.