A Gross Experiment


Yesterday I told my staff about a gross, somewhat silly experiment I have engaged in for the last ten days. Okay, a little background: I’ve been reading the book Radical by David Platt. This book is ruining me. Not in a bad way, though. What I mean is that I finally found someone who is fundamentally in agreement with me about how American Christianity tends to radically depart from the simple ways of the Gospel.

The author, who pastors a mega-church in Birmingham, Alabama, began to take a second look at the way he does church, after he started ministering overseas. The believers in some remote parts of the world where he traveled, often only had the Bible and each other. Nothing else. What is more, when he was confronted with abject poverty, he was forced to re-examine the way he and his congregants viewed their material possessions. The book is his journey leading his congregation out of the wilderness of comfort and indifference but it is a tough read, even for me.

So back to my little experiment. Yesterday marked the 1oth day I wore the same pair of jeans. Yes, you heard me right. “Without washing?” Someone asked. Yes, without washing. Nobody noticed, nobody said anything and I felt totally fine. My point: I don’t need more than a few pair of jeans and I in the part of the world I live in, I don’t need to wash my clothe that often. Oh yes, and my wearing habits don’t matter a thing to you.

Now, I don’t know what exactly I will do next, but I am thinking. I have quite a few pieces of clothe I haven’t worn in ages. I need to start going through them first. Then I will decide exactly how many pieces of clothe to keep and I will give the others away.

I can’t just talk about helping those in need. I have to do something about it. And I will.

Don’t worry. Β I don’t smell bad and I still shower every day. As one staff member said, “At least it was not your underwear!”

Today I finally put on a different pair of jeans. My wife was about to throw me out of the house. Just kidding!

Ivanildo C. Trindade
P.S.; Stay tuned for the sequel… no deodorant? πŸ™‚

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