Cashing in on JesusMany Christians like to celebrate Jesus at church, in their home, or quietly in their hearts. But more and more Chrisitians are realizing that Jesus can be spelled Je$u$. After all this is America, the Christian capital of the world. And what better way to celebrate the son of God than by selling him out.

As of 2004, the Christian retail market was worth $4.3 billion and growing strong. The list of Christian products is staggering. There’s everything from the typical books, CDs, greeting cards, t-shirts to the more exotic like Virtuous Woman, a Christian perfume. Going to the beach this summer, well go ahead and leave you mark in the sand with a pair of "Follow the Son" flip-flops that leave the message "Follow Jesus" in the sand. Going golfing? Then go in style with Gosphel Golf Balls by Top-Flight. Each ball has a well-known verse from the bible enscribed on it. Here’s one I bet you won’t find though…

Matthew 19:24: I say it again–it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!"

The list goes on and on, but quite frankly I find it sad. From my studies of Christ that I painfully endured for 8 years at Catholic school, I don’t believe this type of behavior would be acceptable. As an Agnostic now, I don’t really care. But you Christians should be furious. This commercialism cheapens your faith and reduces it to nothing more than marketing gimmick and a fad.

And please don’t say that it’s just a small number of Christians either. It takes a lot of Christians to come up with the $4.3 billion in sales. This is widespread and growing rapidly. In the short term, it seems rather harmless. But in the long term, this selling out of you’re faith will only cause you grief.

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Thanks to Itanshi for pointing out this story!

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