Friday, June 15, 2007
Something For Everyone
This morning I was thumbing through a local Christian bookstore catalog. I don't ever shop there, but I usually give them a look in order to see what's the latest craze in the Christian bubble, I mean circle. As I turn the pages I find, among many other things worth discussing, a book for everyone. Examples you ask? OK. How let's start with the hunter in your family - a book that's cover states "Hunting for the meaning of life". Perhaps baseball is your thing. Then try "Steal Away" that is "devotions for baseball fans". Oh, now here you go, in order to keep with the sporting theme - "The Golfer's Bible" - complete with slick golf clubs and ball graphics with the headline "Score a Hole in One with this Bible!" above the image. (sigh)
Do I think that the oversaturation we currently have in the Christian market is bad? Well, yes and no. We are without question the most media and material-ready Christian generation since the Creation of the world, making the Gospel accessible to virtually anyone with a computer or a couple of bucks to spare. But at what point does it stop being an avenue to place the Word into people's hands and start to become a major marketing tool generating millions. I mean come on people. It's the Word of the Living God, not some self help book that can be re-written in 500 versions and changed to fit everyone's lifestyle and hobbies. Need a version that's "homosexual-friendly"? I could have one sent to your house within 2 minutes. How about one that has been "revised" to question whether Jesus really died on the cross or if He was just "injured"? That would be no problem either.
Am I thankful that I have several Bibles translated so that I can actually comprehend them? Of course, but where do we draw the line? I guess I'm asking for some thoughts and opinions on this topic. Is this part of being "all things to all people" or is the "Christian" market just becoming another link in the chain that is the barrage of media overkill? While you talk it over, I think I'll browse the web and find out where I can get one of those bobble-head Jesus figurines for my dashboard.