I walked into a "Christian" bookstore this morning. . . a big one. And just like every other time when I walk into a "Christian" bookstore, I checked out the layout of the merchandise and the merchandise that populated the layout. There's a method to these retailers' marketing madness. Certain things are put in certain places to catch attention and spark sales. . . . just the like the grocery store. . . where the milk and bread is strategically located in the opposite corner from the store entrance.
I'm convinced that one of the important skills we need to develop is the skill of "reading" layout, location, and the merchandise on the shelves. We need to be present-day men and women of Issachar, who know and understand the times. . . and know what the church (followers of Jesus) should do (I Chronicles 12:32). Which leads me to this. . .
For years, the Robertson's have been making duck calls. I'm not a hunter, but I understand that they've done a very good job. Their commitment to fulfilling their calling with vocational excellence gives God great pleasure. But have we facilitated a situation where that calling has been compromised through commitments to mass marketing, brand development, and Christian kitsch?
So. . . here are the questions I'm asking as I endeavor to know, understand, and respond to the times. . .
-Are the Robertson's being trafficked and pimped by the church?
-What does the glut of Duck Dynasty product say about the church?
-What does our excitement about this stuff say about us?
-What does how we spend our money and what we spend it on say about our priorities and our understanding of stewardship?
-What does this stuff, the way we market it, and our fascination with it say to the watching world?
-No offense to Si, Phil, or Miss Kay, but is it possible that we could go deeper in our reading and devotional lives?
Somehow, I think we are and are called to be better than this.