It’s Not About the T-shirts, Buttons, Bumper Stickers, or Coffee Mugs
“Got Jesus?” “Faithbook” “Ipray” “HisWay” “Jesus died for Myspace in Heaven.” “Jesus is my homeboy.” “God is my pilot.” “In case of rapture, this car will be unmanned.” All of these phrases can be found on numerous t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons,coffee mugs, and other items. And a lot of Christians own items with these phrases on them. I admit that I have Christian products. I use to have the fish symbol on my car. But do they really mean anything? I mean really? Do they truly represent our identity? Or are they just advertisements that do nothing. I once heard a joke about a woman who was driving in her car.
One day, a lady was stuck in rush hour traffic, waiting for a red light to turn green. As soon as the light turned green, the lady pressed on the gas. Immediately, she was cut off by a business man driving an SUV and talking on his cell phone. She slammed on her brakes and immediately started screaming at the man. To top it off, she added a few obscene gestures.
She heard someone knocking on the driver’s window and turned to find a police officer staring her in the eyes. The officer asked her to get out of the car. Once out, he immediately cuffed her and placed her in his squad car.
After spending three hours downtown in a cell, an officer finally came to release the lady from the cell. “I’m sorry, ma’am,” said the officer. “We had you mistaken for someone else.”
“Who could you have possibly mistaken me for?” the woman exclaimed.
“Well, we saw the Christian bumper stickers plastered all over the back of the car. After watching you curse out that man who cut you off, we figured that you must have stolen the car.”
You see it’s not about the bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, posters, and other “Christianise” stuff that we own. That is all outside stuff. It’s what we have on the inside that matters. No matter how many Christian t-shirts you own, or how many Christian bumper stickers you have slapped on the back of your car, if what you posses on the inside of yourself doesn’t match your outside advertising then it really makes no difference what you are wearing or placing on your car.
Paul says in Galatians 6:15, “For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything; but a new creation is everything!” WOW! What a powerful statement! Talk about stepping on toes. Paul is saying that circumcision is only an outward advertisement, and that it doesn’t really matter if someone is circumcised or not. It’s what is inside the person that counts. New birth is everything!
We must allow Christ to change us from the inside out, or else what we are advertising on the outside means nothing. It is not the Christian t-shirt that makes us a Christian. It is not the Christian bumper sticker that makes us a Christian. It is not the Christian button, coffee mug, or welcome mat that makes us a Christian. It is Jesus Christ living on the inside of us and changing us to be more like Him, that makes us a Christian. No amount of Christian products can make us a Christian. It is only when we totally surrender to Jesus Christ & allow Him to dwell within us, that we are truly Christians. So, I challenge you. Let’s be more concerned with what is on the inside than what we advertise on the outside.
Grace and Peace.