When I was on my honeymoon with my beautiful wife, we went to different shops and one of them was a T-Shirt shop. They had a whole rack of “Christian T-Shirts” much like the ones available at Unkle Makk’s ChristiantShirtshop. They have expressions like the shirt you see to your right, You To be, and other take offs of popular culture.
I picked up one that played off the whole online thing (stating “Unlimited Access” and having a picture of the Bible). My wife picked up one that said “The Original Navy”– a take off of “Old Navy” (except it would have been more clever if it had referenced Noah’s Ark rather than Jesus and the disciples in the boat.
But seriously, what do you think God thinks of our desire to co-op the popular, the temporal and somehow Christianize it? This question usually comes in around Christmastime, when we think of the date that we celebrate, but my question is what do you think about our propensity to take what is popular and try to make it Christian?
I tend to think that this is antithetical to the ministry. I know that Paul took the “Shrine to the Unknown God” on Mars Hill to make a point about being the Creator, but it doesn’t seem to me to be the equivalent of taking the world’s music, the world’s holidays, and the world’s popular things and trying to make them something other than what they are.
Paul didn’t say “Here’s who this Unknown God is– so, go ahead and worship him over there at the idol (even though that isn’t who He is).” Paul started with something familiar and then went from there to introduce something unfamiliar. He took the popular and said “there’s something more, something better.”
I’m not saying that Christian T-Shirts are bad. What I’m trying to say is that I believe that we tend to take the high teachings of Christ and try to associate it with pop-culture in an attempt to be cool or something and we actually disgrace the name of Christ, or make Him out to be less than He is.