The following is a true story.
I was at a Las Vegas conference with a friend a few years ago. He’d gone somewhere for the afternoon and when he came back to our hotel, he was “spitting angry.”
I asked what was wrong and he said, “This freak on the bus I was just on had a T-shirt that said God Is Nowhere and it was all I could do not to give him a piece of my mind!”
When I began laughing, he said something like, “You’re laughing but let me tell you, you wouldn’t have liked this long-haired freak and his atheist shirt!”
Stifling more laughter, I told him this: “I wish you’d told him how you felt. He would have thanked you! If I’d been there, I would have sincerely told him that I appreciated the Godly message on his shirt and that I hope it got lots of remarks.”
My friend was beginning to think I’d gone nuts. I then explained that the GODISNOWHERE shirt was a play on words with the words all strung together. He didn’t wear it because it said “God Is Nowhere” but instead, he wore it because it said “God Is Now Here.” The guy on the bus no doubt used that shirt as an unexpected witnessing tool for unbelievers who first see his shirt and think they agree with him!
After thinking through what I said, my friend got kind of sheepish and grinned knowing he had fallen for the trick. No doubt, that “long-haired freak” was certainly a believer and welcomed the chance to talk about the message on his shirt any time.