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I was the poster boy for Christian t-shirts in high school. I still have them, reminding me of earlier days:
But I think my thinking has shifted.
When I was in high school, I was fired up to tell people about Jesus. I left my life of homeschooling to go change my campus for Christ. I was a man on a mission. And like all good agents, I had to wear the right stuff: the hospital band thingy from summer camp that I wore until it fell off, Christian dog tags, and, of course, the Christian t-shirts.
They weren't cheesy. They were a cool way to remind people that I followed Christ.
Looking back, the shirts were cheesy. Like, not even a good Gouda, but a can of spray-on cheese.
And I was a punk.
Granted, real punks wear their hats incorrectly, their pants at their ankles, and a look on their face that says, "Just try tellin' me I care!"
In the same way, what I was wearing was intended to make an impression, take a stand, and get people to think... and I didn't care if it upset you. You needed to get upset! My t-shirts were there to remind you of the eternal significance of your choices today.
And today, t-shirts are back into the forefront of my mind (though now I wear polos).
The Christian t-shirt phase was an important time in my life, but I have since learned that loving others is often much more important--and effective--than simply touting stuff on your bumper sticker or t-shirt.
I've seen similar things in the world of politics and education as well.
So, again, I think my Christian punk phase was important, but I'm very glad I grew out of it.
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father