Had such a good laugh at HomeGroup last night that I just had to post this!
Hero #1 (let’s call him Cliff) was sat there sporting a classic carpenter-brown T-Shirt with the word “Justified” emblazoned across the chest. It’s a very smart T-Shirt (available from www.truthexpressions.co.uk – commission please Jim!!) and preaches a message that is all about the beautiful, saving grace of God in Christ:
“we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ” (Galatians 2v16)
Hero #2 (let’s call him Alvin) was wearing a quite different T-Shirt. A classic red Nike number it may have been, but the message was quite different from the T-shirt next to him. “Just Do It” is the anthem of every religion under the sun as it suggests that we can somehow get right with God by our own efforts, which is obviously bull:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2v8-9)
Obviously this is only a fun post and I don’t for a single minute think that hero #2 is actually religious or in anyway heretical for flexing his Nike T-Shirt! But it has provided a brilliant little illustration with which to lay out a serious challenge.
One T-Shirt promotes man-centred, self-glorifying, religion. The other revels in Christ-centred, God-exalting grace!
Which T-Shirt are you wearing?!