Look at message on the shirt. Is it an offensive in your face message? No, it is a desperately needed in your heart message. So, before you judge, get the message behind the shirt.
Let’s begin by understanding something about Satan. He fears. He fears things deeply. In fact, his fears are far deeper than yours will ever be. He fears many things.
Near the top of his list of fears is this one: He fears the genuine Christian. He understands how contagious a real believer—free of both anger and sin—can be to a generation. People feel things around such a person. People find themselves wanting whatever a true believer carries.
I wrote a book entitled I am the Christian the Devil warned you about. I’ll admit it is not my best effort. Parts of it make me wince. But just because I didn’t do a masterful job on the story, doesn’t mean the message isn’t important.
Anyway, in the book there is an encounter with Satan right in his lair. The protagonist, Daniel is invisible to Satan (Daniel doesn’t know why). He hears Satan betray one of his greatest fears. (Before you peruse an early attempt at writing, remember kindness is one the fruits of the Spirit.)
“How can I describe to you the strange sense of destiny I felt? To know that I was standing before the elite of hell, Hearing, their plans, sensing their fears, and yet be totally hidden from their view? I listened with intense anticipation to what Satan would admit next.
‘One authentic Christian,’ he wailed, ‘in which Christ works without resistance is all that it would take to disrupt everything.’ The Father of Lies contorted as if he was having a momentary seizure. His minions reeled for they had never heard him concede to saying the name of the Lord.
Lucifer continued, ‘One true Christian, rightly fitted for war, will be the ruin of us. Listen, you banal beasts, if just one could read and discover how to ask and then receive, if just one would embrace their potential . . . but most of all if just one were to discover the One who is ever with them to make them strong, wise, and miraculous, then . . .’ At the mention of God’s Spirit, the entire company involuntarily dropped and ducked for cover…”
For this reason, Satan uses most of his energy to create imbalance. If enough Christians are created and stay in their natural state, revival is inevitable. Satan understands that revival is a weapon of mass conversion.
As the master of extremes, he’ll make things important to churches that are utterly trivial. He makes leaders jealous of each other, so they’ll lose their first love—love that would compel the unchurched to be saved. He sends great temptation to visible Christians, so they will fall and be called hypocrites. I could go on and on.
If discrediting the Bible is his top priority preventing real Christians is next. What do people who fear do a lot of? They lie, and they gossip. Gossip is rooted in fear and jealously.
A real Christian reminds Satan of the two things that cause him the most agony: The fellowship he lost and the judgement he is about to gain.
At this moment Satan is broadcasting a global subliminal message: Watch out for the real Christian—the loving Christian—the joyous and holy Christian. If you wish to stay an atheist—if you wish to remain addicted, miserable and empty…don’t go near one of these.
We aren’t slamming anyone but Satan. So, we say with a smile and a heart full of love. You know that Christian that Satan told you to avoid? That would be me.