Whatever that means.
I've seen in several news reports that Christian t-shirts are selling better than anything else out there. Yes - this means that the majority of Americans will choose to buy something with a snappy spiritual slogan on it versus an Abercrombie logo or a shirt honoring the NBA team of their choice. Maybe our "In Case Of Rapture This Shirt Will Be Empty" thinking has finally caught on... or maybe the fact that the shirts are often marketed by smiling girls in relaxed poses has something to do with it.
I know I should be happy, because I've been a part of this madness over the years. I have a couple of shirts hanging up in my closet that I bought at a Christian concert or convention, not to mention the "Poop On Satan" shirt I made myself back in 1999 to promote a youth ministry I led. In fact, even though I don't buy very many Christian t-shirts these days I still support the heart of the concept... given the choice to promote Jesus or an overpaid athlete, I'll always go with the Savior.
I just am a bit bothered by how commercial it's all gotten.
While I look forward to the Narnia movie, for instance, I am not a fan of seeing my local Christian bookstore sold out to Disney. By the way, it is there (as well as on-line) where you can find many of the products that I would like to spotlight to you:
The iBelieve iPod Shuffle Cap: Now you can protect the coolest toy on the block by turning it into a cross. This allows you to not only listen to some cool tunes but will make you wonder if your playlist is random or somehow predestined by some higher power. Some assembly required... if the chain breaks you may be required to carry your own cross.
The Official "Jesus Hates It When You Smoke" Ashtray: Why not think about your eternity as you go to reach for that next death stick? After all, "Heaven is non-smoking, so you might want to get used to it now."
Maybe there's a better way to share our faith.
Oh, yes! There is!
The Salvation Challenge: Forget passing out tracts... that is so 20th Century. Now it's time to roll the dice on a board game to save your loved ones. Each player starts with one million in "kingdom cash" with the goal of handing it all away. However, players need to get "saved" by landing on Calvary and making the salvation call, “Jesus save me”, before they are able to carry out certain activities. Just think - now you can trick Uncle Fred the atheist into heaven because of a forced confession of faith.
Man, I feel like this is starting to wear on me. I feel like I gotta get moving...
Dance Praise: That's right - no longer do you have to put up with the crazy tunes of Dance Dance Revolution. Instead, you can jump around to DANCE PRAISE - the NEW interactive dance game that turns your PC into a dance arcade with over 50 top Christian hits! If you're non-Pentecostal, though, don't worry. Because you're told where to step it isn't actually official dancing but can be categorized at "strategic choreography."
Whoah... I think we need to slow down a bit. Maybe be still and get all postmodern for a second...
His Essence: Apparently someone got the fragrance of the Messiah into a candle. The company was inspired by Psalm 45:8 - "All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia..." - to create a candle that smelled like what Jesus will be wearing when He returns. "The result is a scent, which serves as a reminder of His Presence."
On the "okay, I won't make fun of this one but I'll still put it into my post" list:
- White Knight Games: They have some innovative ideas about how to merge cool graphics and 3-D gaming with faith. Worth a look.
- King's Call: Not quite so cool, but still kind of fun... a short game that gets you to think.
Did you know...
- The retail clothing store Forever 21 has the verse John 3:16 printed on the bottom of its bags?
- Starbucks will be printing quotes from Rick Warren's book Purpose Driven Life on its cups in the spring?
In Rob Bell's book "Velvet Elvis" he writes:
- "The word Christian first appears in the Bible as a noun. The problem with turning a noun into an adjective and then tacking it onto words is that it can create categories that limit the truth."
- Switchfoot on secular radio...
The Passion Of The Christ setting box office records...
The Purpose Driven Life selling twenty-three million copies...
- "It is written," [Jesus] said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it a 'den of robbers.'" (Matthew 21:13)