Christian Kitsch – The Good News with Bad Taste

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

Almighty Heroes

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

testamints

It may not save them from hell, but at least it will save them from bad breath.

GOSPEL GOLF BALLS

gospel-golf-balls1

Now your lost balls can help others be found.

“FOLLOW THE SON” BEACH SANDALS

beach-sandalsNotice that the imprint of the sandals leaves behind the message,  “Follow Jesus” in the sand.

RAINBOW PROMISE RINGS

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

ash-tray

If prayer doesn’t help you quit, try good old-fashioned guilt.

SALVATION CHALLENGE BOARD GAME

salvation-challenge

Reverse monopoly.

JESUS PLAYS THE HOOPS

jesus-basketball

How do you run in that garb?

COME HOLY SPIRIT DOG WHISTLE

hs-whistle

What, the Holy Spirit operates at a higher sound frequency than the human voice?

VIRTUOUS WOMAN PERFUME

virtuous-woman

Godly and alluring at the same time.

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2 responses to “Christian Kitsch – The Good News with Bad Taste

  1. Oh my gosh Scott! Why could I not have had access to these items BEFORE Christmas! I love the ashtray.

    This is brilliant stuff. Jeff loves the Last Supper Gum that I bought him in Calgary it comes with a Jesus Christ Collectors Card.

    So funny.

  2. Amber

    Why is it bad taste? A lot of other things that aren’t Christian are far worse and have a lot more negative message. Condoms, sin it’s okay to have sex with anyone as long as you wear these. Which is not true. Body soap / shampoo commercials which show everything but a woman’s yoo-hoo! Lastly shows that are extremely dumb and making them look cool for people to want to be like them. NO matter the disclaimer young people are extremely impressionable and want to imitate what the media portrays is cool. Why not it be something positive over something that makes your I.Q. lower or doesn’t have a negative effect on a person’s life? Thanks for letting me voice my feelings!

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