One of my very dear Internet friends, @spacekicker, shared the above shirt with me yesterday.
When I first saw the shirt I laughed. I love Star Wars shirts and one that also talks about Jesus is pretty amusing. After the initial amusement wore off, though, I realized that the shirt didn’t sit that well with me for some reason.
Obviously I think the people who designed the shirt wanted to have some fun and profess their affection for Jesus and Star Wars at the same time. On the surface it’s not a terrible shirt. I have seen worse Christian shirts that weren’t nearly as amusing and far more offensive.
My biggest problem with the shirt is that it’s not very creative.
It’s takes an existing logo and simply repurposes it for Jesus.
It takes someone else’s idea and simply adds a holy element.
It takes something old and doesn’t make anything new.
The problem with this shirt, and a lot of other Christian shirts, is that they don’t reflect the creativity of the God they purport to celebrate. When God created the universe he didn’t take something old and make nothing new. God began from nothing and expressed his infinite creativity in the universe he created. Everything we see around us, from a blade of grass to binary stars millions of miles away, was entirely new.
God didn’t recycle or repurpose anything.
And that includes us as well. God handcrafted each and every one of us. Now, as we allow him, he is creating something new within each of our lives. He is transforming and shaping our lives into a new creation. God isn’t unoriginal with us so we shouldn’t be unoriginal with him.
And when I see a lot of Christian shirts, I see a lot of unoriginality. I see a lot of corporate logos or popular phrases simply repurposed and given a new Christian coat of paint. Our God deserves more because he does much more than that with each of our lives.
I’m not an artist, though, but I do understand that sometimes it’s easier to take something old instead of creating something new. I have been guilty of that on this blog. I’ve already written a post about Christian shirts and I’ve repurposed posts from an old blog for this blog.
Our God deserves better than that. And now I’ve been convicted about using old posts. If one of my purposes for this blog is to bring glory to God, God is more glorified through my creativity than my recycling.
We should seize every opportunity we have to be creative, however we express our creativity. When we’re creative we reflect the character of God, which is far more glorifying than being a Jedi for Jesus.
How do you express your creativity for God?