Thursday, April 24, 2014
I ♥ My Church
There is a new t-shirt in town where I live. I am seeing them everywhere. It says “I ♥ My Church.” I’m wondering why I find that offensive.
It took me while, but I think I’m onto something, finally. I think the thing is that people don’t go out and make t-shirts. I myself have never made myself a t-shirt, but I have bought a few, which infers that someone else made them. I think what is rubbing me the wrong way is a church manufacturing t-shirts for people to wear. Advertising is one thing, but advertising by manufactured affirmation seems a little icky for a church.
This made me feel like a prude, so I considered what would make me feel warmer. I think it would be perfectly valid and actually wonderful if the church had manufactured t-shirts that said: “My church ♥’s me.” To me, that seems like a much greater affirmation. Still weird, but not as weird to me as the other way around.
Posted by Eddie Proulx