The Apostle Paul said, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this all for the sake of the Gospel…”
John, a University of Southern California student popped into my office with a bag. “This is for you,” he said. I pulled out a brand-spankin’ new red and yellow—no, scratch that, cardinal and gold—T-shirt with “USC football” written on it. He knew that we were heading to the SC tailgate party on Saturday and he wanted me to “wear my colors.”
He had a point.
USC alumni, students, and fans are more likely to take a Gospel tract or listen to me speak about Christ if I am “one of them.” How an evangelist dresses is very important!
We got booted out of the Jehovah’s Witness Convention (see “A Great Cloud of Jehovah’s Witnesses”) a few months back because we didn’t do our research ahead of time. They were dressed to the nines in suits and floral dresses; we were in “California Casual.” The Christian sore thumbs stuck out way to boldly.
On our evangelistic outings I tell everyone to leave their “Lord’s Gym” T-shirts, “What Would Jesus Do” bracelets, Savior hats and John 3:16 fright wigs at home; I want us to blend in like a common pagan.
So wear the clothes of the fans, even if you hate the team.