Do I really have to choose between having underwear that fit and underwear that don’t use slave labor? Something is definitely wrong with the world we live in. Something is wrong with my underwear. Instant wedgie, loose everywhere else, and way too thrifty in the amount of fabric used. My consolation prize is that no people were harmed in the making of this sad, organic cotton garment. It says so on the veggie-dye label. The only harm is to the wearer: instant uncomfortability and a day of distraction wishing you had made a different choice.
Thus I realize that honoring Jesus can be uncomfortable. And I am challenged with the question of how much comfort I am willing to give up to live out my convictions. In a world where comfort is king, this is not easy to do. Would I be willing to live with constant discomfort for the sake of others if Jesus asked me to?
This is just one of the hazards I have encountered in my attempt to live out my beliefs. On-line clothing purchases have come in the wrong size and been given away or returned. For every success there seems to be a mis-success. The heart of my pocket-book is painfully squeezed as I spend twice as much to buy fair-trade coffee, ethical t-shirts, and slave-conscious cosmetics. Repackaging boxes and extra trips to the post to return items sent to me by mistake are becoming part of my life-style. I guess I could say I am doing my bit to keep Americans gainfully employed. The risks of social responsibility are very real.
Jesus never said following Him would be easy; He said I should expect to suffer for His sake. While the suffering induced by wedgies is laughable, it is where the rubber meets the road for me right now. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I know I want to serve Jesus and others, not myself. So if anyone knows where I can get some good for me and good for others underwear, I’m ready for some good news.