Would You Wear A ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirt to Share the Gospel?

Posted on July 31, 2020


By David Ettinger

Explaining His Actions
Pitcher Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals is a Bible-believing Christian. As a member of a professional sports team, he has teammates from all walks of life, which means he interacts daily with a far greater diversity of individuals than your “typical” evangelical.

Wainwright recently donned a “Black Lives Matter” shirt, explaining: “As a Christian man, my job first and foremost is to love my neighbor and to love my teammates and to love my friends and my family the best way I know how. … By wearing that shirt, by wearing this patch, by being there [for several of his black teammates] … it’s given me a lot of opportunity to share my faith in different ways that I never thought would be possible.”[1]  

Regarding Wainwright’s Christian faith, the article tells us: “Wainwright is known around the league as an outspoken Christian. This year, he led an online Bible study that involved thousands of people.”[2]   

If in a similar situation as Wainwright – perhaps if you worked in a highly-diversified workplace – would you do the same for the purpose of sharing the Gospel?

A Personal Account
An instance from my not-so-recent past comes to mind. I want to reference this with a Bible passage – 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 – which has had great meaning for me for about 30 years. Here is an abbreviated version: “Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. … I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.”

Back in the late 1990s when I worked for the El Paso Times, after “locking up” the paper on Friday nights, several of the reporters would frequent a bar – and sometimes a strip club – to unwind. Even though my fellow journalists knew I was a Christian and didn’t drink, they would invite me. Generally, it really was out of kindness, as they liked me, but they also joked that they would love to see a Christian in “a place like that.”

Finally, I told them: “I’ll tell you what, the strip club is out; I can’t go there. However, I can definitely hang out in a bar with you, under one condition – you let me share my faith with you.”

All around our booth, four-letter words were flying, but for about 45 minutes, the five of us were discussing Jesus Christ. No professions of faith were made, but the Gospel was rightly shared. My four friends may not have agreed with what I said (none today are saved), but they could have told you what my message was.

I became “all things” for the sake of sharing the Gospel with my friends, and got the opportunity.

What About a BLM Shirt?
Now, say you had a few black neighbors, workmates, or friends who you wanted to share the Gospel with them and they told you: “We’ll make you a deal: If you agree to wear a ‘Black Lives Matter’ shirt, we promise you an hour of our time, and that we will legitimately and politely listen to what you have to say.”

Would you take them up on their offer?

I know this is more complicated than just going into a bar, as the Black Lives Matter organization (as opposed to the movement) is highly controversial. For Adam Wainwright, the “opportunity to share my faith” was worth it. What about you? If such a spiritual and eternal opportunity came but involved compromising some temporal beliefs, would you do what Wainwright did?

Would I do it? If it meant an unhindered opportunity to share the Gospel for an hour, I would. I would accept the fact that the Lord had led me to this opportunity, and would consider those souls which desperately needed to be saved.

In eternity, all things of this Earth will have passed away, and all that will matter is how we responded to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Please, let me know what you think?  

[1] https://www.christianheadlines.com/contributors/michael-foust/cardinals-wainwright-says-christian-faith-led-him-to-wear-black-lives-matter-shirt.html

[2] Ibid.