When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. “It is written,” he said to them,“‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” Luke 19: 45-46 NIV
You know the first thing that came to mind as I read this passage tonight?
How sick I get when I walk into a Christian bookstore, one in particular.
It’s about all I can do to run in, find the book I want (they carry a handful of decent books) and run out.
But most of the time, I am appalled at the fact that these stores are making money in Jesus’ name, while at the same time:
- Not just selling, but promoting horrific books that insult the gospel. Really, these books are treasonous – teaching Christians to expect God to bless them as if He is a cosmic Santa Claus, not the One who told us to take up our cross and to expect persecution and suffering.
- Then there’s the so-called art. What a bunch of crap. Just tacky junk that insults our Savior’s creativity. Do you think you can find a single reprint of Rembrandt or Tintoretto in one of these places? Not a chance. Nor do I see the really fine paintings of Christian artists I know (who sell really well in secular settings).
- Then of course there are the CDs and DVDs. I admit, I have been blessed by much modern Christian music, but what is it with so many horrific Christian movies and videos? The single worst movie I ever saw was one from the Left Behind series. Veggie Tales is a happy exception to the rule of mediocrity.
Why do the Christian bookstores sell this crap? Because people buy it. I have no idea why the Christian community has such poor taste, but it is a dim reflection of our Creator.
I really believe
some many of these stores are no better than the money changers. They push “Christian” bestsellers, even if by selling these books, they lead the body of Christ astray.
I feel such anger about this. Can you tell?
Every time I go to this one particular bookstore, I find myself muttering my disgust (of course, all gussied up in nice words) to the hapless sales folks.
However, Christ’s anger was righteous. I am not sure mine is. Maybe I just don’t like being associated with people of bad taste and poor judgment.
In any case, I just decided – I am not going to patronize this particular bookstore anymore, even though it’s a hassle to drive across town to a less offensive Christian bookstore or order something on the Internet and wait for its arrival or hunt in secular stores for Christmas decor that actually incorporates Jesus and his birth.
It’s just plain bad stewardship to let these “Christian” bookstores make any money off of my purchases.
Today’s Readings: Ruth 1:1-2:23, Psalm 52:1-7, Proverbs 15:4-5, Luke 19:28-48. See About for what I’m up to with these daily posts. Your daily blogger, Holiday Longing (Reproduce with permission only).