Representin’

One of our deep, deep, deep cover operatives sends a photo snapped at a local Wendy’s.  I do not recognize the person in the photo, but I definitely recognize the shirt!

Thanx for representin’!

And it just so happens that I was able to pass out a few of these shirts last weekend and again today.  It is clear to me they are in hot demand.  When street people see that it’s me AND that I have some to give away, they come mobbing me.  I get a taste of what Jesus felt as he was pressed on all sides by those seeking him for his healing touch!  Perhaps the shirt has healing power???

The front of the shirt says “Fat Beggars School of Prophets” and the back says “Jesus Was Homeless”.  Over the years, I have given a lot of thought to these messages.  They are humbling.  If you wear a shirt that says “Fat Beggars” on it, you are accepting humility.  Most people will not make the connection from the insult “Fat Beggar” to II Kings 6 & 7, and the story of the beggars bringing the good news of salvation to the nobles, but they will make the connection to the pain of the insult.  Thus to wear it is to absorb the insult and nullify it!  There is power in that!

The second message, “Jesus Was Homeless”, is fairly well evident to MOST of us familiar with the Bible.  (There are some weirdos who argue against this.)  And it too is humbling, but dignifying too, because it puts us in company with King Jesus who we all respect even in his humiliation.

So… I am so thrilled to see the shirt out there in public.  I am thrilled to have people send me snap shots of people wearing it!  Now, I just hope it gets the public (and especially the church) talking…  and caring.  That too would be healing and powerful.

Hey… we can hope.

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5 comments

  1. clashofcashntrash · February 9

    A lot of these people on the streets know you, but a lot more don’t. But when I talk to them, I meet people who have heard of you. Some of them remember the flyers you used to print up and distribute. Expecially the art work. And you have a good reputation from that. They also know that you are banned from the Premier Homeless Church, and the see the injustice of it. So you are a bit of a folk hero to some of them in that sense. They might not use that kind of terminology, but that is the way your reputation is handled.

    Of course your reputation and your work is not without controversy even on the streets. There are a few who know you and do not appreciate you. But, I figure those few street people who oppose you are sycophants down there at the Premier Homeless church. They get brownie points with the powers-that-be for their opposition to you. So, I wouldn’t worry about them.

    Anyway, that is the picture I get when you say the shirts are in hot demand. It is a subversion of the mistreatment or neglect these people suffer from the church at large and even from the “charities” that serve them. (Not to say the “charities” are all bad, but enough bad to cause pain)

    That’s how I see it.

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  2. T. F. Thompson · February 9

    Agent X As you know, it’s all about image bearers of which we are ALL to be and all to the Glory of God. I hope and long to see the day when I see HUNDREDS wearing the Fat Beggar Shirt and for all to testify in behalf of our Jesus vis a vis the homeless and those destitute in despair.

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    • Agent X · February 9

      Me too, Tom. I would love to see HUNDREDS of these shirts around town. I really would.

      There is a very important issue boiling up right next to this kind of talk, though, that I want to address – since we are at this point.

      The shirts have a very important and innate limitation that needs to be acknowledged at some point, and this is probably that point. There are no shirts or uniforms that make us bear the image of God. Not really. The shirt has power, I think, and even points this direction, but only as a signpost from a distance. It is the LOVE that takes us to the goal line. Jesus says everyone knows we are his disciples, not by the cool shirts we wear, but by the LOVE we have for one another (John 13:35).

      I hope the shirts point us there and never become a substitute for the real thing.

      With that caveat, though, I am in full agreement with you. I want to see them on everybody. I think they are humbling and empowering at the same time. And that surely has the fingerprints of God’s mystery and power all over it.

      Thanx for reading and responding.

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      • T. F. Thompson · February 9

        Agent X I speak of the shirt as the symbol as it requires a certain humility in order to wear it. So yes, I agree that in truth no physical symbol can over ride or be more important that Christ, but we must first begin with a symbol on which to fix our gaze. I know: no engraven image and all of that but we do use the fish and the cross and no one every speaks badly about those. Not even with the early church nor Paul or others. As always, I appreciate your response.

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      • Agent X · February 9

        Tom, I fully did NOT expect you to disagree or be ignorant of my point. In fact, I did expect I was preaching to the choir, but since this is a public forum, I also felt that this is the point to draw that observation out into the light and say it clearly. It needs to be on the record, and your response really prompted it.

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