I’ve already shared some personal details here, like my health condition, but one big area of my life I was planning to hold back on is my beliefs. Nothing stirs up people more than agreeing or disagreeing with someone on a religious matter, and a business does best if it’s completely secular, right? Well, I don’t actually believe that for an instant, and it’s time to let my fears go and just be forthright.
I am a Christian.
I’m not perfect.
That’s the whole reason why this started in the first place. I’m still a work in progress, and that’s a core tenant of Christianity. It’s right out of the Bible in the book of Philippians, in fact: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” (That’s the New Living Translation.)
Why was I scared to say this on the blog so far? Well, Christians have a couple reputations I wanted to avoid, some for good reasons and some not so good.
The first is that Christians are pushy. They tell you you’re going to hell, or that you should believe, or just tell you about God constantly. This isn’t actually a bad thing, btw. If I truly believe that God is who He says He is, it’d be the most uncaring and evil thing I could do to not tell others, since the consequences are so serious. But it is a dangerous thing in this world sometimes, since all of the baggage of other Christians and those who claim to be Christians come with that, including those who are pushy in evil ways, like Westboro Baptist Church or abortion clinic bombers. Those aren’t representative of true religion, true Christianity, but they are something we have to contend with. Well, I’m an introvert, so I won’t be pushy at all, but there’s that one out in the open.
Second, Christians are anti-science, right? Actually, that’s ridiculous. Science is the study of the physical universe. God is the creator of the physical universe. Science, therefore, is the study of what God has created. There’s absolutely nothing more compatible than science and Christianity, despite what you’ll hear screamed from all sides of every debate on either subject, but it does require a willingness to explore every possibility. Evolution, creationism, and everything else that people will use to divide religion and science must be reconciled, which is best done by having a truly open mind to the possibilities. That said, I’m not an expert, despite all the science jokes I’ll put here, so I’ll usually defer any actual arguments to the experts.
Third, Christians are cheesy. This is hard to escape. Creating a t-shirt design with a Christian joke is exceptionally difficult because all the jokes are just so cheesy. That’s ok, though. I tell plenty of bad jokes. I can tell some bad jokes that talk about Jesus instead of llamas.
On that note, I’m going to begin incorporating a new line of designs into Still In Beta. I’ve been calling it Proskuneo, which is a Greek word usually translated as devotion or worship. You can see the designs that fit into it at shop.spreadshirt.com/proskuneo, and I’ll try and include them into my main store soon as well.
I’ll also have another big announcement coming soon, so keep your eyes on the blog, and you can follow me on any of my social media platforms to be alerted!