I am making an effort to be a little more socially relevant.
My tendency is to isolate myself from the day to day goings on and focus on the task at hand. That typically means I am behind the time on news, social events, and, if you have seen me lately you will know this to be true, fashion sense. Couple that with a strong tendency to want to be "different" and you can see how this "perfect storm" (see, that is totally what popped into my mind, a 10 year old movie reference) could create a lack of connectedness.
Part of my plan is to read a bit more news, read a few more books, and try and stay connected with friends and family a bit better, and before you attack, its a process. Be patient.
Anyway, today as I am reading the news I come across this on the New York Times website:
Its not so much the idea, the park may be a fun family friendly experience worthy of a visit, its the fact that we are using Christ as a marketing tool. Do a little googling. Type the word "christian" in front of anything you want to buy, any service you could possibly need and see what happens. Here are a few things I found:
- Christian T-Shirts (obvious)
- Christian Professionals (financial advisers, car salesman, marketing companies, and attorneys)
- Christian Towels (hmmm, is there a holy and unholy way to dry off)
- Christian iPods, Christian Shoes, Christian Jewelry
There are also several websites that offer Christian Sex Toys. I am really struggling with that one, not because I am opposed to sex, I just can't see how they could be any different. Maybe they have been blessed or are packed with a copy of the Song of Solomon.
Regardless of what is being sold, it seems if someone slaps a christian sticker on it and sells it in the name of the Lord we, "christians", eat it up to the tune of $4.6 Billion!!!
It drives me crazy!
So here is what I am going to do. I am boycotting the word "christian" as an adjective. I will know longer listen to christian music, just music. No longer buy a christian book, just books. No christian t-shirts, shoes, rings, socks, or any other unmentionables. I won't even go to a christian church, just to church.
Aw heck, why not just drop the word altogether.
I am no longer a christian, just a follower of Christ.
Anybody with me? Anybody sick of this?
Anybody seen something worse than Christian Sex Toys?