So I’m sitting in an IHOP in Union City, Georgia (30 minutes or so south of Atlanta) this fine Sunday morning. As to be expected, it is quite crowded with folks fresh from church and lots of fathers and their families enjoying a nice Father’s Day brunch.
I look up from my book when the corner of the restaurant bursts into applause as a middle-aged couple walks in. Both are wearing white t-shirts that say “VALIDATED BY GOD” on the back in big gold letters with black trim.
This of course has me instantly curious. What exactly does it mean to be validated by God? What process does one go through to be validated? What sort of things might cause one to fail this vaildation procedure? What color of ink does God use with this stamp of validation? What are some of the perks of this validation, or consequences of not being validated? What is the going rate in the black market for forged godly validation documents? What might the purpose be of announcing this validation to the world with a t-shirt?
I’m assuming that the wearers and their party are Southern Baptists, but I could be wrong. Maybe they were just baptized, and that’s what the t-shirts signify?
I will forever be baffled by the behaviors of those who practice organized religion…