The Holiness T-Shirt

Recently I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of Walmart when I noticed a lady wearing a bright yellow T-shirt with a red stop sign on the front. The shirt said, “Please stay back 6 feet”, a reference to the social distancing that has become a vital part of our response to the coronavirus. I thought that was a clever way of reminding people to practice safety measures to promote the health of others.

As the lady walked across the parking lot, she saw a couple that she recognized. Unbelievably, she walked up to each of them and shook their hand!

Obviously, she wasn’t all that concerned about containing the spread of the virus. She just wanted to wear a T-shirt that made people believe that she was.

When it comes to spiritual disease, many people would rather “wear the T-shirt” than actually avoid sin. The T-shirt looks cool. It makes people think you really care about holiness. But you can “wear the T-shirt” without really making a commitment to holy living.

Are you striving to live a holy life? Or are you merely “wearing the T-shirt”?

“But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do.”—1 Peter 1:15.


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