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Joe

Tim: I am currently reading Russell Kirk's "Redeeming the Time". If you aren't familiar with it, I suggest you take a look. He wrote much about these problems.

pNielsen

Good stuff. The commenter's question makes me think of two things. First, Betty Spackman's book A Profound Weakness: Christians and kitsch.

Secondly, part of the nastiness we're reacting to is the lack of imagination and creativity in these kinds of objects. So many of them are mere copies of existing commercial ideas, which is not something to brag about.

I particularly like this pp:
"The question might be framed this way; if not for the ICTHUS emblem on the car, or the IHS hat, or the bible verse t-shirt, how would your neighbors, your friends, your community recognize your lifestyle as especially Christian? If these things didn't exist, what is it about you that would make people know you were a committed follower of Christ?"

e.

Tim J.,

"It comes down to a matter of perspective. Is our faith just "part of a well-rounded life", or is it the organizing principle that gives meaning to everything else? The question might be framed this way; if not for the ICTHUS emblem on the car, or the IHS hat, or the bible verse t-shirt, how would your neighbors, your friends, your community recognize your lifestyle as especially Christian? If these things didn't exist, what is it about you that would make people know you were a committed follower of Christ?"


Are you really serious about this?

I have seen folks do the very things you mention here as well as wear such faddish things as WWJD bracelets; however, many of these folks I've met tend to be the worse hypocrites, self-righteously judging other folks, putting people down while taking such occasions as opportunities for self-aggrandizement; in other words, these are the very ones who not only contradict the very things they supposedly represent with such accessories, bumperstickers and the like but they tend to turn off not only non-Christians from hearing the Gospel of Christ but also even Christians themselves.

I would rather have folks that sincerely live out their faith in action rather than in mere advertisement.

The folks in the former seem more convincing a demonstration of genuine belief in the Gospel of Christ so much so that they actually live out Christianity in their own lives rather than in flaunting some rather disingenuous advertisement that, for the most part, serves as a sign that says "I'm better than you!".

Tim J.

"I would rather have folks that sincerely live out their faith in action rather than in mere advertisement."

That was my point.

Del

"Everything depends on the individual's determination (or lack of same) to live a life radically committed to the Gospel." - Tim J.

Jesus warned us specifically NOT to flaunt our faith in public, if all we seek is approval from other Christians.

On the other hand, the right curios or trinkets or bumper stickers can be a reminder to the world -- and perhaps a chance to evangelize.

I just try to remember why I'm wearing an emblem before I put it on.

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