Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Tacky Gift Idea

From Blog08

This is one of the worst gift items I've seen for sale this season. If you're Roman Catholic, the idea of covering the Virgin Mary in fuchsia glitter may be offensive. If you're not Roman Catholic, the idea of a statue of the Virgin is probably offensive. Not until I got home and looked carefully at the photo did I see the next item on the shelf; the box of nuns.

Where did I find these? Not at some clearance outlet for bad toys. They were at my local Borders bookstore, right next to the feathered ball-point pens.

On a more serious note, can you imagine someone praying to this glittered statuette? That would be sad! However, it's just as sad when people pray to a beautiful, dignified statue. "For there is one God and one mediator between God, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all..." (1 Timothy 2:5-6). We don't need to pray to a statue. We can go directly to the Father, by means of his Son Jesus Christ.


Ρωμανός ~ Romanós said...

Borders is notorious, at least in the Pacific NW but, as I can see, probably everywhere for selling highly offensive items, mocking some aspect of Christianity for the most part. Their "religious" book selection is equally offensive, though for some other reasons.

Everything that is commercialized in our sick society has taken on an extreme aspect, shocking in multiple directions. Even if the world weren't near the end, even if the parousia of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ weren't "very close," these are certainly signs of an immense social and cultural dysfunction. "Yet saints their watch are keeping, their cry goes up, 'How long…?'"

Let's make merry, brother, in spite of it all, because "Christ is in our midst" today and every day till the end of time.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, brother, for the encouragement. I prayed for you on Christmas day, thinking of the snow over much of your area.

The state of Christian books here is probably quite different from in your area, due to the Bible Belt status. I was going to comment further on that here, but think I'll save that for a full post soon. For now, I'll merely note that Borders here has a lot of good Christian books, but the religious books they push hard are usually anti-Christian or local.