Offensive Shirts: “Reps For Jesus”

HMRWJD
The Shirt In Question

I’ve been using the same personal trainer for several years now. Having a trainer has made all the difference in achieving my fitness goals. Up until last week I can say we had an incredible relationship. Thrive Fitness always pushed me hard, even on days when I didn’t feel like working out. So what happened?

He showed up at the gym wearing a shirt that had “HMRWJD” and underneath it, it said “one more than satan”. If you didn’t catch what HMRWJD is – it stands for “How Many Reps Would Jesus Do” mocking the old staple “What Would Jesus Do?” I’m not a particularly serious person but as a pasture I take my faith incredibly seriously. And I know he wasn’t meaning to be offensive and he probably didn’t even think of it when he put that shirt on that day. And while I’m not one to hold grudges or bemoan folks for their attire I think it’s fair to say it was a little unprofessional. After all, he was showing up  to his place of work where he trained clients.

Upon returning home I took a few minutes to google these shirts to see what else was out there. It turns out there is a slew of them and every single one of them is more then a little classless. It’s akin to me wearing a shirt that promotes jesus, over say another religion. I know many religious folks who do, do this but in my mind that too isn’t correct. Folks can feel the lord within them, they don’t need a t-shirt to remind them that he exists. A little tacky I would say.

As I mentioned, I no longer train with that gym. I’m not going to hold a grudge, but I’m also not going to work out at a place that marginalizes my spiritual beliefs (and my job). So for anyone thinking about buying any shirt that could be thought of as offensive – be careful. You don’t know who you’re going to insult and the actions they might take with it. In my case it was my wallet closed up shop.

I’m a firm believer in the right to believe in whatever faith you want (if any at all) but please don’t take that as a signal that you should wear shirts which make fun of a religion.

What’re your thoughts? Do you think I took it too far?