We wear our faith on our sleeves. Literally.
It seems like every Christian girl’s closet is full of T-shirts emblazoned with Bible verses and sayings. We plaster our laptops and cars with stickers–crosses, fish, and John 3:16. Our phone cases say, “I Can Do All Things,” and our keychains, “Not Today Satan.”
Now, before we get too far into this post, let me just say there’s nothing wrong with Christian T-shirts, jewelry, phone cases, etc.
The problem becomes when we equate wearing our Philippians 4:13 sweatshirt as being a witness for Jesus.
Yes, it certainly can be a good way to show your faith, but if your actions don’t line up with what your bumper sticker says, the world is going to question you.
It’s like what Jesus says in Matthew:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.Matthew 23:27
We look like Christians on the outside, but we’re rude to the frazzled barista who can’t remember our order. We post aesthetic Bible verses to our Instagram stories and spend the rest of the day complaining about our co-workers.
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.Luke 6:45
Our actions must line up with our profession of faith. You can’t just slap a Starbucks coffee sleeve on a cup of gas station coffee and expect the contents to match the label.
So next time you go to put on your favorite Christian T-shirt, take a minute and think. Are you demonstrating your faith in the way you live or just displaying it on your accessories?
Christianity comes from the heart, not from outward appearances.