You’d think I had kidnapped the Lindbergh baby, or that I was with Jane Fonda as she protested the Vietnam War; according to some folks I could have been Satan incarnate! All this because some people didn’t like the fact that I wore an event-appropriate “Obama The President” T-shirt to the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade last week. I’ll try to answer some of the objections…. (This is part 4; start at Part 1 here.)
Paul did write in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23: “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the Gospel that I may share in its blessings.” And he did mean that literally. Paul would have worn an “Obama” shirt to win over the African American spectators at the parade. Regardless of our new President’s ungodly policies, he’s still our President.
Linda wrote: “I…don’t think if Pastor Steve was invited to a meeting with the neighborhood coven, that he should wear a pointy hat or carry a stick with bristles on the end.”
If I was called to a witches’ coven to preach I would forsake my white-as-snow Tee with the cross on it, and would indeed wear a black shirt, pointy hat and arrive riding on a broom.
Chad wrote: “Steve, how about a shirt with a pentagram at a stanist (sic) convention? Obama doesn’t worship the same god as us and wearing a shirt like that would make people assume that you are for Obama and his views.
I would never, ever, go to a stanist convention. I don’t like anyone named Stan.
Payton wrote: “Do you think Paul would wear an idol around his neck to appeal to the pagan idol worshipers?”
Paul wouldn’t need one. He walked among the idols and reasoned with the people in Acts 17.
Fred wrote: “Would you wear a Pontius Pilate shirt if you preached at Pentecost?”
Bad analogy. Pontius Pilate wasn’t popular. So no, I wouldn’t wear one.
Chad again: “Would you wear a Playboy shirt at a Playboy convention?”
If my wife let me go, yes, I would probably wear one. And a blindfold.
After posting the Obama Controversy on Facebook I answered a few of my critics by writing this: “My, my, my… much ado about nothing. Folks,it was a T-shirt… of our now-elected President. Do I agree w/his policies or agenda? Of course not. Would I wear the shirt again? Absolutely. And probably an Ozzie shirt to a heavy metal concert while evangelizing.”
Fred posted the saddest response of them all: “Abstain from all appearance of Evil, the Bible says. There is no soul worth that.” (emphasis mine)
By the way, Fred is a sign guy… May God bless him in his work as God leads him.
Read part 5 to see the radical thing former President Bush did to win over the crowd as he preached the Gospel.