Those of us who read Scripture often assume this passage from Romans talks about the “culture” outside of our faith community…our ekklesia…our Corps. I wonder how much it can also be applied to the very culture of our tribe.
Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking... The Message
• This son of the regiment is becoming increasingly troubled by our excessive use of Christianese and the tendency to retreat into our Salvationist culture bubble.
• This CSM is finding it hard to cope with our love of the acronym…IHQ, THQ, DHQ, ISB, YPSM….and occasionally toys with the idea that some of those letters represent anachronism as much as acronym. Why do we have to talk in riddles?
• This uniform wearing Salvationist is struggling with the weekly donning of the blue serge..
I don’t have a problem with being visually identified with The Salvation Army. In fact, I’m glad to be so, but I’m not a great fan of the particular FORM of uniform we’ve worn since the early ‘70s or thereabouts.
I’m no longer convinced that the uniform in it’s present form is broadly recognized by society at large....
Many folks seem not to be able to distinguish it – particularly when we are wearing white shirts- from any number of similar uniforms. Security staff, Airline or Parking attendants etc.
White shirts aren’t always that slimming!
I find serge heavy & uncomfortable
Sundays are the only day of the week I have to wear a tie
Somehow our buttoned-down starched uniforms don’t speak to me of this radical Army of Salvation
I’m a big fan of The Salvation Army’s Red Shield logo, and would rather see that employed more readily as part of our uniform
Yet…..I am a Salvationist…probably to the core…inspired by the words of William Booth when he said “I’ll Fight”…but first, and most importantly I’m trying hard to be a follower of The Way of Jesus.
Love God, Love Others