Let me start by saying that I’ve never been a huge fan of Christian ‘witnessing shirts’. There just seems to be something about them that doesn’t generate the kind of response that they’re supposed to.
I’ve even heard a story once about a zealous young Christian man who became discouraged when his witnessing shirts didn’t have the effect that he had hoped. Then one day he put on (something like) a Harley Davidson t-shirt which prompted an awesome conversation that even allowed him to share his faith with someone.
So, imagine my surprise when I put on a Christian t-shirt that got some people talking to me.
The first was a lady at Target. She said to me, “That’s great! It’s nice to see that kind of message out there these days!” It took me a moment to realize she was talking about my shirt, and by the time I caught on she was walking away giving me the thumbs-up of approval.
Then I was waiting at a restaurant for my take-out, and the hostess kept looking at me and smiling. At first I thought she was flirting, but then she said something. “I like your shirt. That’s really cool.” Umm… wow dude.
Since then I’ve received several other comments, and I’ve noticed many more doing the double-take to make sure that they saw it right.
I’m still not sure exactly why this shirt is generating so much more conversation than I’m used to seeing for a Christian t-shirt. Maybe it has to do with the authenticity and simplicity of the message. Maybe because people see it as much less evangelistic, yet still carrying a boatload of truth. Whatever it is, it seems to be working.
I just never expected this response when I designed it.
What do you think? How does the message of this t-shirt strike you? Why do you think this one resonates so well with people? Comment below with your thoughts on the message on this shirt.
If you’re willing, then I challenge you to try it. If you do, then I’d love to hear about your experience! Are you getting the same kind of reaction that I am?
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