Diversification of Uniform

I’ve always been an advocate of a diversification of uniform. In fact, I try to encourage people to wear some type of uniform whenver they can (not that they always listen). I get tired of the uniformity of uniform. That sounds weird, because you’d think that was its purpose…or many Salvationists think its the main purpose.

But I have to say again and again that we lose so easily the original intention. It was simply to mark us our as followers of Jesus and members of The Salvation Army. The rigidity and regulation came much later than the original concept.

I see uniform as two things. Firstly, its a sign of covenant. Some people might not like that idea, but then thats not really my problem :o) Secondly, its about saturation evangelism….having soldiers ‘in yer face’ all the time. My theory is that the more people see ‘salvation army’ the more they think ‘salvation army’ the more opportunity we have to influence people for the gospel. Annonymous Christianity isn’t helpful.

So…put your tunic on, or whatever!

8 thoughts on “Diversification of Uniform”

  1. I like your idea of “saturation evangelism”. It’s a very good point, if people don’t see the Salvation Army, why will they come to us for anything? Perhaps I should start wearing full dress uniform to Uni?

  2. This will not come as much of a surprise…..but….I am not sure I agree with you.What exactly are you saying to people by wearing a uniform 24/7?Teackles, (no, I am not just being argumentative!)

  3. I didn’t expect you to agree Teackles. In fact, even if there was something you did agree with, I don’t imagine you’d say ‘I agree’.As I said, uniform is a sign of covenant, its signifies the wearer as being available and as being a Christian, devoted to the cause, living for the cause. People wear uniforms all the time in every day life…everyone from the teenage Goth to the smart businessman to the public services and the football supporter. As I said, by uniform I am not meaning full navy blues…I’m talking a shield on yer t-shirt, a badge on your jacket. If a mad Man U supporter will wear his Man U tops all the days of the week, what is to stop a salvationist wearing something to identify himself with his team?If nothing, it raises the Army profile, if something, it leads to conversation.

  4. No, If I agreed with you I’d say Andrew.I thought you meant in your whole uniform.So, I am going to agree with you right here, right now!I guess wearing a little bit of “Salvo bling” would do no harm.”Secondly, its about saturation evangelism….having soldiers ‘in yer face’ all the time.”This might be a little different though.”As I said, uniform is a sign of covenant, its signifies the wearer as being available and as being a Christian, devoted to the cause, living for the cause. “Don’t you worry that by wearing a uniform constantly you are segregating yourself form the people you wanna save?Putting yourself at a distance?Don’t you want people to think that you are just a regular guy like them?That way they will have no trouble approaching you as a peer.But, I guess a little logo on your shirt is not going to do this……So I guess you could be right.It can’t really do any harm if it’s just that.Teackles,

  5. Salvation Army uniform doesn’t segregate. Salvation Army soldiers often segregate themselves, however, and blame the uniform. Salvationists have a much more negative view of uniform than the general public do…so, no, I don’t worry about those things because it has never been my experience in 11/12 years of uniform wearing.

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