A very dear friend of mine gave me a book for Christmas called Rapture Ready. The author, Daniel Radosh, takes a sometimes light-hearted, sometimes serious look at Christian pop culture.
Last night, I read Chapter 1, “As goods increase, so do those who consume them.” In it, Radosh recounts his experience of attending the Christian Retail Show in Denver in 2006. This event is a trade show for manufacturers of Christian wares. Radosh highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly consumables he saw — what industry insiders themselves refer to as “Jesus junk.”
Some of the items he described were either so bizarre or tacky, I felt compelled to look for samples of them on-line. I found most of those he described and several others.
I admit that religious people don’t have the corner on kitch, but what I find fascinating is the embedding of such momentous “truths” (the creator of the whole universe died on the cross for your sins so that by repenting of them and believing in Christ you can have eternal life with him) in such a cheap, tacky medium.
So, the following is a sample of some of what I found. I hope you enjoy them. I’d love to hear your reactions.
ALMIGHTY HEROES – BIBLICAL ACTION FIGURES
I thought the point of the David and Goliath story was that David went without any armour at all because he trusted in God.
TESTAMINTS – CANDY THAT SHARES THE GOOD NEWS
It may not save them from hell, but at least it will save them from bad breath.
GOSPEL GOLF BALLS
Now your lost balls can help others be found.
“FOLLOW THE SON” BEACH SANDALS
Notice that the imprint of the sandals leaves behind the message, “Follow Jesus” in the sand.
RAINBOW PROMISE RINGS
When I entered “Rainbow Promise Rings” into google, the first result listed was for a gay-lesbian site selling promise rings. The irony is so delicious.
JESUS ASH TRAY
If prayer doesn’t help you quit, try good old-fashioned guilt.
SALVATION CHALLENGE BOARD GAME
JESUS PLAYS THE HOOPS
How do you run in that garb?
COME HOLY SPIRIT DOG WHISTLE
What, the Holy Spirit operates at a higher sound frequency than the human voice?
VIRTUOUS WOMAN PERFUME
Godly and alluring at the same time.