At Shirt Off Your Back, we’re trying to start conversations, not end them. And we’ll soon have shirts in our store to back that up.
The issue I see within this marketplace of ideas we call life is that there are too many people trying to make a point, drop the mic, and end the conversation.
Some on the left are still so shocked that Donald J. Trump is president because they typically only associate with the left. They ignore the flyover states.
And some on the right were appalled at so much of what Barack H. Obama did because they’ve never even been to a big city or have never loved anyone that struggled through issues that the left tends to be passionate about.
I don’t think we’re as center-right as Fox News would want it’s base to believe, but I don’t fully trust CNN or MSNBC, either.
So, we take to social media. And we talk a lot but say nothing.
And that’s what #KeepTalking is all about.
There are issues that permeate the church in America that we are not talking about. We either willfully ignore them or are unaware they even exist. And Christians in America have become very good at trying to end conversations. Or not even start them. So we blissfully reside in these weird, sanctified echo-chambers. Or, we stifle and censor ourselves, privately wrestling with things because we don’t dare make our struggles or doubts or concerns public.
As long as we #KeepTalking, we’ll find ways to help one another. To build one another up. To take the cultural and political lenses off of our faith and make elbow room for people that want to articulate or may have never previously considered another point of view.
There’s little to no room for fear in faith, yet it seems we are deathly afraid of talking to one another.
We are attempting to remedy this by using what we believe is God’s Word as a foundation, or as backdrop for cultural discussions. We hope you join us in our conversations, but also hope that you start some of your own.
Our first shirt, designed to promote conversation, is coming soon!
Stephen Hawking once said:
“For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind’s greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn’t have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.”
Wear the shirt. And if someone asks you about it, tell them about us. Tell them we are a podcast that discusses faith and wrestles with modern and not-so-modern issues that the church faces. If you happen to have a good conversation with someone or make a new friend out of it, let us know on social media. Use #KeepTalking.
These shirts are a Soft-Spun, 60/40 cotton/polyester blend. The logo and text is made from a material similar to what you would find on a football jersey. Flexibility is fairly limited, but the durability is high. Machine wash cold and dry on low heat to resist shrinking. The material is supposed to resist dye migration, but it might be best to turn the shirt inside out when washing.