Saturday, April 05, 2008

Ridiculous Display

"Oh, that you and I might in all these ways so live that all who see us should know that we are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ! It would be ridiculous if a man went into society with a label on his breast, "This man trusts in God," and it would be a pretty clear sign that he needed to be thus ticketed. I would have you shun all distinctive phylacteries in matters of religion as too much flavored with the leaven of the Pharisees; but when the possession of godliness proclaims its own self, even as a box of precious spikenard tells its own tale, you need not be ashamed of it. Display and ostentation are vicious, but the unrestrained use of influence and example is commendable." —C. H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

1 comment:

Joseph A. said...

It's always pained me to see people with these kinds of shirts on. Anything for even the slightest chance of a laugh, right? My peers sometimes wear this sort of apparel, and for them it's as far as they'll ever venture toward an evangelical outreach to society, which of course they'd probably have gone further in a sense if they had never worn such a shirt at all...