Wednesday, January 18, 2023

"Jesus Saves" T-shirt: Mall Of America-"Take It Off Or Leave"

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A man wearing a "Jesus Saves" T-shirt at Mall of America last weekend was told to "take off the shirt or leave."

It's important that we see this for what it really is.

One person who saw the story on social media said, "I knew this was not here, it had to be in a different country---I was wondering which country."

This incident is a mirror image of the spirit of the Left. 

Jesus' disciples called it the spirit of this world.

Be informed, not misled.

A man wearing a 'Jesus Saves' T-shirt was ordered to remove the clothing or leave the Mall of America last weekend in a video that has gone viral on social media. 

A security guard at the nation's most famous shopping center in Minnesota can be heard telling the man: "If you want to shop here you need to take off that shirt." 

Another clip shows the same guard saying: "Jesus is associated with religion and it is offending people. People have been offended."

The back of the shirt reads "Jesus is the only way" while the popular 'coexist' - symbol - which advocates different religions living alongside each other peacefully - is crossed out. The Christian T-shirt is advocating that Jesus is the only way to God, which is entirely biblical. In fact, it was Jesus Himself who taught that truth.

During the tense exchange, three security guards surrounded the man.

He can be heard saying: "I didn't say anything though. I didn't speak. I didn't say anything. I just went to Macy's."

The guard replies:  "Again, I'm giving you a couple of options. You can take the shirt off and you can go to Macy's and you can do your shopping."

"Or you can leave the mall, OK? Those are your only options right now."

The officer later claims he was engaging in "religious soliciting," which the Mall forbids. 

However, the man insists throughout the video that he was not attempting to preach but was simply wearing the shirt while shopping.

A guard is heard saying: "Yes, you're walking wearing that shirt is a form of soliciting and we've had guests come up and say they're offended by your shirt."

The posts have attracted mass outrage online.

A Twitter user named John Mason captioned the video: "I automatically assumed this was overseas, but it's right here in America."

Another user Wyatt Sullivan replied: "If I ever go to the Mall of America again, I'm wearing the biggest Jesus shirt I can find."

Meanwhile, Pastor Chase Thompson wrote: "He should sue them into oblivion."

The clip has prompted a protest by a group on Facebook who will wear "Jesus Saves" T-shirts to the Mall on Saturday, Feb 4.

Mall policies prohibit "inappropriate attire," including apparel that "has obscene language, obscene gestures or racial/religious/ethnic slurs that are likely to create a disturbance."

The Mall also forbids "picketing, demonstrating, soliciting, protesting or petitioning."

The man was asked on a different day to leave the mall because he was sharing his Christian faith with passers-by. This time, however, he appears to have just been walking around the mall.

This is despite the fact guards can clearly be heard threatening to kick him out. 

The video has prompted outrage online and plans of protest.

Again, the event is scheduled for Saturday,  February 4, 2023.

Why were the guards so sure Jesus should not be allowed in the mall?

The 2017 US population statistics showed that about 182,000 Muslims have moved into the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. It is considerably more now.

Last June, Associated Press published this headline: "Muslim Call To Prayer Arrives In Minneapolis Soundscape."

AP said, "The chant in Arabic blasted from rooftop loudspeakers, drowning out both the growl of traffic from nearby interstates and the chatter and clinking glasses on the patio of the dive bar that shares a wall with Minneapolis’ oldest Somali mosque."

Dozens of men in fashionably ripped jeans or impeccably ironed kameez tunics rushed toward the Dar Al-Hijrah mosque. Teens clutched smartphones, and some of the older devout shuffled in with the aid of walkers from the high-rise complex across the street where thousands of Somalis live.

This spring Minneapolis became the first large city in the United States to allow the Islamic call to prayer, or adhan, to be broadcast publicly by its two dozen mosques.

As more of them get ready to join Dar Al-Hijrah in doing so, the transforming soundscape is a testament to the large and increasingly visible Muslim community, which is greeting the change with both celebration and caution, lest it causes a backlash.

“It’s a sign that we are here,” said Yusuf Abdulle, who directs the Islamic Association of North America, a network of three dozen mostly East African mosques. Half of them are in Minnesota. 


This reflects a growing trend in our country---a nation founded on "Christian", not "religious" beliefs.

Founding Father Patrick Henry was very clear about it: 

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For this very reason, peoples of other faiths have been afforded asylum, prosperity, and freedom of worship here."

When Christianity and its principles are the foundation of a nation that nation thrives. Patrick Henry's words were not out of the ordinary, but common among our Founders. 

James Madison said,

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves according to the Ten Commandments."

America is the prize. There is no other country on earth where people risk life and limb and travel thousands of miles to sneak into the country illegally. We are blessed, prosperous, and free because our foundations were built upon the truth of God's Word.

These blessings flow to all---whether atheist, Muslim, or whatever. But when the nation begins to silence and punish Christians for fear of offending Muslims at a shopping mall who have taken residence here in the US and are blaring their prayers over loudspeakers across the cities, we are on the wrong path.

Pray for America.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Vigilant. Be Engaged. Be Bold. Be Prayerful.