Are you whatever you wear?
Apparently this seems to be the case.
For the past couple of days, I have been around town, wearing my blue “Got Jesus?” hoodie and some jeans. Nothing too flashy right? That no one will notice. Well, I can tell you, that people; they do notice. In fact, I was roaming at a local Game Stop just yesterday, and people were telling me, “God bless you” as I was leaving. Then, later, I was ran into a complete stranger who stopped me, and wrote me a note as he was reading and writing from his Gideon Bible, telling me that I did not know God or God’s Son because I was wrong for wearing a hoodie with Jesus on it, since God’s names all started with Y, YHWH and Yeshua. I did not even bother to answer that ridiculous claim.
Then this morning, I was at the Texas Department of Safety, reading Karl Barth’s Epistle To The Romans, and what was the first thing that lady behind me notice? My hoodie, with the words Jesus on it.
This was not the only occasion that this has happened. I have a lot what my friend Tony calls ‘Go God” shirts. I am not trying to be legalistic, I just like the message. I have one that imitates the Transformers logo (Transformed), another one that is a pro-environment/pro-Jesus shirt. I scare people whenever I wear my army camouflage pants and green Jesus shirt that says “Jesus, army of one,” especially when I add an empty bullet belt. That seems to always get them. 🙂
I’ll admit; when it comes to fashion, I am as big of a dilettante as there will be. I try, but even at conferences, I try to be the scholar activist, wearing jeans and a t-shirt with a message. You know, in the Hebrew Bible, the Israelites are instructed to wear Scripture on their arms and foreheads so maybe they were on to something (Deuteronomy 6:8 and 11:18). I guess I’m trying to one up them.
Truth and Peace,