By Gabrielle Devenish
Show your electronics that Jesus saves and ring in the New Year with a piece of Jesus toast; freshen your breath with one of the famous Testa-Mints (found in your nearest Christian bookstore) before slapping on your Jesus Save sandals to go buy a bobblehead football Jesus.
Are these items harmless, or humorless and offensive? Christian kitsch is becoming a mainstream commodity, making waves in Christian retail on Internet sites featuring odd items.
"There are some disconcerting side effects to watch out for in the world of Christian advertising," noted James Beverley, in an interview with The Christian Post. "Any promotion that uses Gospel symbols to sell non-spiritual products increases the chances of non-Christians thinking that all Christians are interested in is money.
"There is also the danger of cheapening the value of Christian symbols by direct connection with various products of modern capitalism," said Beverley, professor of Christian thought and ethics at Tyndale University in Toronto, Canada. THE REST