From The Pastor’s Desk — Sunday, May 27, 2018
The Nike Company is linked to the Swoosh symbol. As soon as you see it, you know that it’s Nike. They’re inseparable. Companies spend millions of dollars each year to associate the company logo with their name. So, at baseball parks, football fields and countless other places a company name is plastered against a billboard or wall to etch it into public mind. We are often associated with the way we package and present ourselves to others. What we wear in some ways symbolizes what we believe about ourselves and sends a message to those who do not know us that indicates who we are, who we think we are, and what we want people to think we are.
In the religious community there are also symbols that immediately identify a person’s religious orientation. The crescent moon of the Islam immediately conjures images of Muhammad, The Qu’ ran or mosques. The Star of David of the Jewish community is associated with Moses, the Torah and synagogues. The Lotus blossom or wheel of Buddhism is immediately associated with temples, large overpowering statues and meditation.
When people see us, do they see believers in Christ? Does our package represent our content? We must be concerned about the impression we give others by our own appearance. As 1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearance of evil”
Similarly, in the parable of the wedding feast in Matthew 22, which represents God inviting people to the wedding of His Son, God throws out a guest who didn’t come dressed in proper attire. As verses 11-13 explain, “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Why is our appearance so important? Simply because the way we look says something about us. It often reflects to others what we really believe. Of course, our actions do this as well.
Let’s be careful that we represent the cross of Christ in everything we do and say.
Suffragan Bishop Vernon Spinks, Pastor