Wear your faith like a rainbow poncho

I know what you’re thinking….what did I do for Halloween? Was it thrilling?

Indeed it was. I had an Italian date (that’s a date involving Italian food…not an Italian guy, unfortunately), watched the sunset at the lake, peed in a Wendy’s and did homework at Starbucks. Don’t knock my Halloween too quickly, though. We did get to see some crazies.

I didn’t realized a trip to Starbucks would become a great place to people watch on Halloween, but oh how I enjoyed being proven wrong…for once.

We saw a hip-hop princess (she danced, I kid you not, for the employees), Snow White, a girl attempting the homeless look (I think?), a teenager dressed like a prostitute (wished I hadn’t seen that for her sake) and a man I can only describe as tight-pants-guy (wish I hadn’t seen this for my sake). 

But the worst came with a pair of cowboy boots and some grey hair. It was an old man wearing…(don’t gasp; it’s cliche)…a rainbow poncho. Why would anyone wear a poncho, let alone, a rainbow poncho? 

Poor guy looked like a gay cowboy.  He didn’t wave his hands around or ask for some Chai tea (Yes, I went with the  normal horrible stereotypes and added my own). So, I began to wonder, “Is this even a costume?” Does he just wear a rainbow poncho around for funsies (Judge me for this word, but I think it’s hilarious)?

Maybe it’s the most comfortable thing he owns. And who am I to judge a man for desiring comfort? I live in sweatpants most of the time. 

The interesting thing about Old Man Rainbow-Poncho became — whatever his reasoning for wearing the blanket-like garment — the man stood out like dancing in a conservative church. But he didn’t seem to care even a little. Now that’s gutsy. Admirable even. 

Isn’t this how our faith should look? Shouldn’t our faith stand out like Old Man Rainbow-Poncho?

God calls us to live our faith out loud. 

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. […] With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.  And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News.                 — 2 Tim. 1:7-10

Maybe even as out loud as a rainbow poncho.


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