(This is part 7 of the 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Parade controversy.)
I never intended for this site to become a fashion blog, but stranger things have happened….
In my article of two weeks ago I explained that I would be wearing an “Obama” T-shirt to the MLK Jr. Parade. Since then, many have commented on what is right and what is wrong with the clothes I wore, since I am a Christian and need to be careful about how I present myself to the world. I have thought long and hard about all the arguments and have firmly decided that wearing the shirt was the right thing to do given the audience I was preaching to.
A furor ensued.
In my posting of our evangelistic adventure to the Golden Dragon Parade tomorrow, a few guys were earnestly concerned about the clothing I would be wearing. One man asked:
“Gonna wear a Buddha shirt? It will probably open lots of doors for you Steve. INSTANT CREDIBILITY………..”
Sorry to disappoint. No, I will not be wearing a Buddha shirt. That would be inappropriate. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I was a Buddhist. I certainly appreciate his concern for my evangelistic attire, but in this case, associating myself with a pagan religion would be highly, highly inappropriate.
Another man offered some friendly advice on where I could purchase some relevant “Chinese New Year” T-shirts after asking this question: “Do you have your ‘Year of the Ox’ t-shirt?” He then kindly gave me this website, I checked it out, and darn!
It’s too late to order one!
Frankly, that would be a great shirt to get; I wish I knew about it earlier. Instead, I’ll probably wear a white and bland car show T-shirt, New Balance tennies (with white, mid-ankle socks), and light cammy-green cargo shorts. Maybe next year I’ll plan ahead and get the “Year of the Ox” T-shirt. OOOPS! Too late! It will be the year of the something-else, then!
I am tempted, though, to purchase the coffee cup.