The Aesthetic Elevator carries a brief post regarding the latest bit of shameless Messiah Marketing, "Lookin' Good for Jesus" lip balm, shown at left. Now, there are apparently those who think this is a Christian product, that it is a sunny and naive (if cheesy) endorsement of simple faith and purity.
I have a very hard time believing this was conceived as anything but a parody of the Christian faith. See, slamming Jesus in public is okay, now, even hip, so taking a swipe at chastity in the guise of a gaudy bit of Jesus Kitsch is just *too* clever, you know.
In fact, the people that market this remind me of the Clevers in C.S. Lewis' book The Pilgrims Regress; "Priceless!", exclaimed one half of the Clevers, "too Puritanian!".
Then, it puts me in mind of Jadis shaving Aslan's mane. Or of this;
"They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. 'Hail, king of the Jews!' they said." - Matthew 27:28-29
Looks like someone is desperately working toward their Jaded and Sardonic Merit Badge. But, you know, making fun of stuff is easier than using your time to like, you know, try to do anything important.
I might begin to believe these hack artists actually have some stones when they introduce a line of Mohammed cosmetics. How daring! How droll! What's holding you up, guys?