1. I totally agree with you. What if we Christians saved our money and sent it to missionaries instead. Thats what I’m saying.

    Great post/point, thanks.

  2. Ok i have to giggle Erica – the magic eyes Jesus is in The Creator’s Studio at Church 😉 or at least he was before the repaint – on the shelves in the back. hehe

  3. I think the idea of “Deluxe Jesus” action figure says it all. Is there a basic model available as well? One that perhaps has more limited miraculous powers?

    Chuckling and embarrassed, all at the same time. Simply put, we Christians can sure be dorks sometimes.

    And, sadly, completely miss what it is that He called us to be in our world.

    Great stuff, this post. A rant worth having.

  4. Yes, yes and yes. You might like to read a book I’m talking about tomorrow. It questions a lot of things that we in the Evangelical tradition have been doing in the last half of the 20th Century.

  5. You made me laugh. If you have that follow eyes Jesus on your mantle, I guarantee you dh won’t let us come visit:) And I am kind of bothered by crucifixes and the shirt like you showed. I can’t imagine wearing that. But, I do have to disagree with you on the tracks. I think they can be a good thing. It can open a door, and it is seed planting. The money thing is a great track to leave with a tip. After all, the message it shares is the greatest gift of all, right? So I don’t see the harm in it. It is also good to present as something “neat” like say, “here’s a million bucks.” The person knows it isn’t actually a million dollars, but generally think it is cool. I certainly don’t think this should be in place of witnessing. Passing out a track isn’t the same as sharing the gospel and witnessing to someone, but it starts the thought process and the conversation. It is a good conversation starter, a seed planted. We give out tracks with trick or treat candy, anywhere you can share, shouldn’t you? My sis has a shirt that says, “I’ll give you $10 if you can pass my good person test” If someone asks about it, she has the opportunity to share the word (we use the way of the master approach). While this may seem over the top, I’m ok with it. And it certainly isn’t the same as a glowing hands Jesus doll. Thought I’d share a different view, but I totally understand what you mean.

  6. Molly Beth…
    Thanks for your thoughtful response! I do agree that tracts have their place. I think that the major difference is how you use them…Personally, I would want to be there to hand it to someone and talk about it if they wanted. I like the idea of handing them out at Halloween, too. And one of my favorite ideas is paying for the person behind you at the fast food drive through and leaving a personal letter about what Jesus has done in your life. I guess I just bristle at some of the techniques that don’t leave room for personal explanation, kwim? I’m not against Christian T shirts or tracts or even action figures, I just would like to see a higher degree of quality and consideration with a lot of them!

    And I promise to get rid of my “magic eyes Jesus” if you guys come to visit ;o)

  7. Oh, and Dawn…yup, there’s a “magic eyes” at church! It was a white elephant gift during the band’s Christmas party, and somehow it made its way back to Children’s Ministry. I bet it re-surfaces at next year’s party!

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