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Jesus - Strikes a Pose

28 September, 2003 2:16 PM

This morning I went shopping - summer is coming (I HOPE) and I'm one or two T-Shirts short. So I decided to walk down Brunswick St and into the city. (a good half hour walk). I've talked about Brunswick St before here - its heaven - great cafes, bars, organic food shops, internet cafes and fashion shops. Its got a real alternative edgy vibe.

As I often do I decided to treat my walk as a bit of a prayer exercise and ask myself the question - 'Where is Jesus in Brunswick St?. Another way of asking it is to ask 'Where are God's fingerprints?' (this is part of an exercise from Ignition)

Today I saw Jesus in all the usual places on Brunswick St - in the community, the eating, the celebration of yesterdays football final, in the community care centers, in the park etc. But today I also saw him in a new place....the fashion!

Jesus featured prominently and explicitly on five T-shirts and one sweatshirt that I saw today. And I'm not talking about T-shirts I saw in Christian bookshops or from Christian fashion labels - I'm talking T-shirts in edgy alternative fashion shops and on street-wear labels!

In some the message seemed a little sarcastic - those I saw included:

'JE$U$ $AVE$!' another simple said 'Jesus loves me' and a third said 'Jesus is my homeboy'.

The others had pictures of him.

I also saw a huge sign of Jesus which said 'Jesus was a Refugee' which was in the window of a multi cultural center. It was a larger version of a postcard that has been very popular on the streets that is campaigning for rights for refugees.

Lastly I saw Jesus in some street art in the city. It was a chalk artist in one of the Malls. The rest of his work wasn't religious at all so I'm not sure he was a Christian.

I'm not sure what my point is - or even if there is one - except to say that Jesus seems to be featuring a fair bit in pop culture in Melbourne at present - interesting.



don't you mean internet laundry?

luke » 28 September, 2003 4:04 PM

yeah.....i saw two of them today....:-)

Darren Rowse » 28 September, 2003 4:07 PM

I saw a couple the other day! Does anyone know where could i get a "Jesus is my Homeboy" t-shirt??

Matty » 14 February, 2005 1:12 PM

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