Monday, January 26, 2009
This means of proseletyzing is very popular within some segments of Christian culture. It is available in many forms: t-shirts, bumper stickers, buttons, mousepads, pencil holders, coffee mugs, keychains and innumerable other solid objects, including mints.
What goes through a non-Christian's mind when they see one of these shirts or eat a Testamint?
Has anyone ever gotten saved because a t-shirt taunted them about going to hell? I'd be interested to know.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Christian culture talks a great deal about being "under attack." God is under attack, truth is under attack, the gospel is under attack, one-man-one-woman marriage is under attack, the right to life is under attack, the right to worship is under attack. This is interesting because it's laid out pretty clearly in the Bible that truth will constantly be under attack until the day of Christ's return. It says there will be no letting up.
*Note the use of Papyrus font.
Some Christians even protest the separation of church and state and say that this part of the American constitution is an attack on those who believe in God by limiting their expression of their beliefs.
The Apostle Paul said that Christ's followers are blessed for being persecuted. However, you might not know it from the way some Christians protest being attacked. If being attacked is a given, and something you are even commanded to give thanks for, does talking about it in this way make it seem you really believe that?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
This font is everywhere, to be sure. In the secular realm it is used in coffee shops menus, yoga studios, camping supply stores and on Thai restaurant signage.
Papyrus runs rampant amongst church websites, bulletin handouts, and most particularly with women’s ministries. Papyrus font is to women’s ministries what grunge fonts are to youth ministries.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Married evangelicals frequently state that their husband or wife is hot. On Facebook, in Christmas letters and in their blog profiles, Christian guys make a point of saying:
"My HOT wife."
"Yep...sorry guys, she's all mine."
"Back off guys, she's taken."
"Me and my smokin' hot wife."
"Look guys, I scored!"
"How did I get such a hottie?"
"My wife rocks!"
By the same token, Christian women say it too.
"My hot husband. I'm a lucky girl!"
"My soul mate - my HOT husband!"
"I am a wife to my hot husband."
"God blessed me with a hot husband. What more could I ask for?"
I had used a picture that came up when I googled "hot christian wife," but then
the actual guy in that picture found this and left a comment. He was way too
nice about it and so I changed it. I never really thought about the actual
people in the pictures finding this.
Fortunately Christian hotness standards are not quite the same as conventional "secular" hotness standards. Value is supposed to be placed on people themselves rather than on appearance. Even so, hotness is still a valuable commodity even in Christian culture. The public declaration of a spouse's hotness is an incredibly lovely sentiment, but can become disquieting when expressed frequently and fervently. It can begin to sound as if they are trying to convince themselves of something. Could thou protest too much?