Thinking Out Loud

November 1, 2015

Would You Buy This, or Hang it in Your Home?

Filed under: Christianity — Tags: , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:03 am

I Can Do All ThingsOn the one hand, I realize there is some humor at play in this 8 x 19″ wall sign that only Christians could get. I can imagine a person saying this in jest in a conversation.

But on the other hand, I think it really diminishes the scripture verse alluded to, perhaps even mocking it. Why pay $20 US to hang this on the wall, when you could just get a plaque that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” instead?

Furthermore, a quick check of this verse on Bible Gateway shows that not one English translation uses God in this particular part of the phrase. Was it changed from “Christ” to “God” so the creators could claim it does not allude to the Philippians passage? I don’t think so. Another one in the same product line says, “God made coffee and it was good;” clearly alluding to Genesis 1. 

More likely someone thought with “Christ” the product is even more offensive.

I also think the full product line in question — a total of four such pieces — is actually more telling; it is admitting that coffee has become the thing that many worship; or at least coffee shares worship with God. So much for the first commandment.

Has anyone thought through how this impacts a new believer walking through the Christian bookstore store gift department, or someone who has not yet crossed the line of faith?

So if you find this cute or funny, that’s fine; but I don’t want to know that any of you would actually purchase this item.

2 Comments »

  1. Hey Paul,

    As a coffee lover I thought this was cute and funny. But, it reminds me of a Facebook meme that sounds good but is really bad theology when you think about it. I would not hang it in my house.

    Good and thought provoking post.

    God bless,

    James

    Comment by The Isaiah 53:5 Project — November 1, 2015 @ 8:16 am

  2. The Word of God is cheapened on a continual basis in today’s society. This radical shift from past generations finds its foundation in the willy nilly treatment of the Bible by paraphrasers and questionable translations. People feel free to paraphrase all on their own now, rather than memorize what is written. So, no, I would not purchase this sign for these very reasons. Every word is precious and Christ is central.

    Comment by yokedwithhim — November 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am


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