Ever since W.W.J.D. bracelets, it seems that enterprising people have sought to capitalize on naivete of Christendom. What would Jesus do? Probably he wouldn’t wear a bracelet that cost $5 and tauntingly remind people to consider what Jesus would do in any situation.
I recently stumbled across this lovely site on the internets that portrays just how far that rabbit hole goes. Seriously? Is there no limit to what people will make? I suppose though, they wouldn’t make it, if crazy Christians wouldn’t wear it! Since I was…oh…16 or so, I have eschewed all forms of Christian apparel. It’s typically tacky, and mostly self-righteous and condescending. When it’s not those, and strives to just be humorous, it mixes in a good bit of heresy as well. In the case of the image to the right, it also infringes on a trademark.
A few more examples of some of the worst Christian paraphernalia the net has to offer:
Again…copyright infringement seems to be a meaningless phrase to Christians. I wonder how many Christian musicians are pirated on the net. Once I heard a waiter say you can always tell the Christians groups at the restaurant, because they only want to know what they can get for free. Shameful.
A spoof on (RED) the charity that fights against AIDS?! Seriously? Who would wear that? Do they have no shame? I don’t even know what else to say about this disgusting and flagrant self-righteous piece.
I’ve noticed for years and years a disturbing trend in churches to copy and imitate the world in order to feel “relevant.” Did God not give us imaginations? Even if you’re not original enough to come up with something on your own, why must you copy the worldliest things out there? It happens in Christian music all the time, and along the same lines…in Christian retail, it seems they also make tackier and stupid imitations of other worldly things. Worse, here is another example of just stupid theology. “Satan got Punk’d” What does that even mean? He’s still controlling and influencing the world…so it would seem that if anyone got Punk’d, we did.
One of the weirdest and scariest examples of this is the new world of Christian emo. Seriously? How can a Christian be depressed, hate the world, and dress like a tranny? W.W.J.D.? He would not wear black fingernail polish.
In a strange example of Christian greed, www.wearyourfaith.com wouldn’t allow me to use some of their images claiming “Copyright.” Not only do they not own the art on the shirts (they’re available in many other places) some of their art itself is copyrighted.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, and is only indicative of the larger problem of Christianity attempting to become more “worldly” in order to feel like people can relate, when the truth is…”why become a Christian if my life is no different afterward?” Christian skater tv shows (Thank you Alec Baldwin), Christian punk rock, and pastors riding motorcycles around their sanctuary. There is no holiness and sanctification in the body of Christ today. That will draw people. Lifting up Jesus instead of skating or other worldly influences will draw people to God. We have that in writing: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” John 12:32.