Copycat Christianity: Those “relevant” T-shirts

I came across an older post by Jollyblogger today that makes reference to an Os Guinness article about “copycat Christianity, especially as expressed in the phenomenon of “Christian” T-shirts (because, you know, the shirt itself got saved).? Read the post.

Jollyblogger makes this statement near the end of his article:? “I have never come to the place where I would call these things blasphemous, as Os does here.”? Oh, I do.? The definition of blasphemy is “defaming the name of one or more gods.”? All Christians, of whatever stripe, liberal or conservative, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, or Protestant-but-too-ignorant-to-know-that-they’re-Protestant, believe that Jesus is, in some form or fashion, divine.? Therefore, to defame the name of Jesus is, for any Christian, blasphemous.? What else are we going to call “Jesus Christ: He’s the Real Thing”? rendered in Coca-Cola lettering, or “Godweiser:? This Blood’s for You” above a picture of a nail-scarred hand?

As I’ve said before, if Saturday Night Live were to come up with some of this stuff, Don Wildmon and the AFA (formerly the “Federation for Decency”) would be organizing a massive boycott of NBC.? But Christians can drag their own Deity’s name through the mud, debasing themselves at the same time, and think it’s cute, or clever, or a “witnessing tool.”? It is none of these.? And no, non-Christians will not be convicted or converted by looking at your “iPray” shirt.? They will only make fun of you, and probably of Jesus too.? Is that what you were aiming for?? I didn’t think so.


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2 Responses to Copycat Christianity: Those “relevant” T-shirts

  1. brad says:

    That’s exactly right – Saturday Night Live could have a field day by creating such shirts and be picketed and the object of letter campaigns!

    I confess, in high school I did have a shirt that said “Godsword” and was made to look like a Gatorade label. On the back, it looked like a great big FDA nutrition label that said “Eternal life-giving power – 100%”

    I repent.

  2. RevJATB says:

    Well, if that’s all you have to repent of from high school, you’re way ahead of the rest of us!

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