Early in my ministry I was a regular at Christians Bookstores. Not hardly a week went by when I did not visit one of the several located in my city. Looking back, the amount of money I spent building up my library was mind-blowing. As a result I had a pretty comprehensive and impressive “Pastor’s Study.” I was such a good customer at one of the leading Christian Bookstore chains that they gave me my own personal account. I could walk into any of their national stores and get what I wanted and get billed later; and I got at 10% discount to boot!
I loved Christian Bookstores.
When I moved to Arkansas there was a small Christian Bookstore in my town, but the really good ones where an hour away. It was during that time that I started purchasing books through the mail, having them shipped directly to my house was really convenient. Not long after that, I started shopping on-line. For the past year and a half I have had a Kindle. It has been over a year since I actually purchased a real book.
I have not been inside a Christian Bookstore in quite some time.
Yesterday I was looking for a specific item that required me to go to a Christian Bookstore.
Do you know what it is like to go somewhere a whole bunch and then not go for awhile and then when you go back to that place, it’s not like you remember? That’s what happened to me. To be honest, I had a queazy feeling as I walked around. I could not believe what I saw. There were…
- …Christian ties
- …Christian shirts
- …Christian hats
- …Christian socks
- …Christian underwear (not really, but I am sure they are out there somewhere)
- …Christian candies
- …Christian candles
- …Christian candle holders
- …Christian matches to light the Christian candles in the Christian candle holders (not really, but I’m sure someone will market it them soon)
- …Christian coffee mugs
- …Christian coffee
- …Christian tea for Christians who don’t like coffee (although I don’t know how you can be a Christian and not like coffee)
- …Christian jewelry
- …Christian pens
- …Christian pins
- …Christian pencils
- …Christian breath-mints
- …Christian flashlights
- …Christian chocolates
- …Christian sports necklaces and bracelets that are supposed to give you incredible (Christian) strength and balance
- …Christian “thank-you” cards
- …Christian computer games
- …Christian notebooks and notebook paper
- …Christian door-knockers
- …Christian dishes for your kitchen
- …Christian “get-well” cards
- …Christian statues
- …Christian bill-folds
- …Christian finger-nail polish
- …Christian cologne
- …Christian DVDs
- …Christian music
I got the impression that anything you could find at Wal-Mart you could slap the label “Christian” on it, or print a Bible verse on it, and sell it at the Christian Bookstore for twice what it would cost at the Pagan Wal-Mart.
I guess the recession hasn’t deeply affected Christians…except for the amount they give to their church or missions agency.
Is it considered tithing if I buy a Christian billfold to keep my Christian credit cards in so I can purchase the latest Christian lawn jockeys (I mean Wise Men display)?
Surprisingly, there were even some Christian books in the Christian Bookstore.
And the Bibles!
I have read and studied the Bible my entire life but I was lost and confused in the maze of different choices. There was the…
- Patriot Bible
- Political Bible (not sure if it were Republican or Democrat)
- Bibles for Dads with Daughters
- Bibles for Dads with Sons
- Bibles for Moms with Sons
- Bibles for Moms with Daughters
- Fishermen’s Bible (actual people who fish, not “fisher’s of men”)
- Soldier’s Bible
- Policeman’s Bible
- Fireman’s Bible
- Teacher’s Bible
- Bible for people with one green eye and one blue eye (not really)
- Financial Guide Bible
- Hunter’s Bible
- College Students Bible
- Bible for Dummies
I wonder if non-Christians ever go into a Christian Bookstore, and if they do, what do they think about all the Christian trinkets and gadgets?
Is there a Muslim Bookstore? If so, I would like to visit it.
What about a Hindu Bookstore, or a Buddhist Bookstore, or a Confucius Bookstore, or a Mormon Bookstore? (Maybe I can find some “Christian” underwear there.)
Are there Christian Bookstores in Third World countries?
Is the commercialization of religion a religious problem or is it uniquely a North American Christian phenomenon?
What would Jesus do?
How come there is not a Christian car, or a Christian hamburger?
Of course there is a Christian chicken sandwich – aka Chick-fil-a.
Do “Test-a-Mints” (I’m not making that up), mints with Bible verses on them, taste better than Certs, or at least give you Christian smelling breath?
Am I a hypocrite for writing this post while dreaming of the day when I walk into a Christian Bookstore and see my book proudly displayed? I would be willing to place Christian ads on my blogsite…if the money was right. That would be the Christian thing to do.
I think it would be cool to be a Christian celebrity.
Being a Christian nobody doesn’t pay very well. I don’t have a lot of “in God we trust” money to put in my Christian bank account so I can pay my bills with my Christian checks.
I hope you consider this post Christian sarcasm.
I’m just bored as I am in my Christian home, sitting in my Christian recliner, watching a football game on my Christian television, and of course the team playing is a Christian team – the Dallas Cowboys!
By the way, I didn’t find what I was looking for so that means I
have to, I mean get to, go to another Christian Bookstore.
I can’t wait.
I will let you know how it goes.