I am a sucker for Jesus stuff.
I have a drawer crammed with Jesus T-shirts. I have four or five versions of the Bible, and I own enough Jesus bling to consistently get me in trouble at airport security checkpoints. I wear a toe ring with three crosses on my left foot, a framed Bible verse sits in my laundry room and an iron cross stands amidst my coneflowers and black-eyed Susans. (The photo at right shows the cross after a big snowstorm last winter.)
But has God become a commodity? That’s the question raised in a story Sunday from ABC News. “From the Bible Bar to Holy bottled water, to quench your spiritual hunger and thirst, some marketers are selling religious merchandise in the hopes of spreading their faith.”
Beliefnet.com editor in chief Steve Waldman makes a point in the news report that is worth repeating: “The other danger is that people will think that by wearing a “Jesus is my homeboy” t-shirt, that that by itself makes them a good Christian.”
For certain, Jesus is my friend (not my homeboy), but even more so, Jesus is my Savior. I like to share that message in a variety of spoken and unspoken ways.
If teen girls (and some adult women) can wear T-shirts proclaiming: “It’s all about me,” I find it completely acceptable for us as believers to send a message that it’s “all about Jesus.” But let’s be ready to back up our T-shirt proclamations with actions and words of love that stand for even more.