jesus junk of the month award

this is world class jesus junk, baby. not only is it a product that really has nothing to do with jesus, and is only being marketed that way in order to generate sales, they go they extra-impressive mile of making crazy claims about its spiritual qualities! i’m not sure whether to be disgusted, or to give the creators a hearty chuckle and a manly, energy-drink-infused slap on the back!

1 in 3 trinity energy drink

“a special blend handed down from the flourishing vines and trees of the holy land…”

“fused with ‘the fruit of the spirit'”

(ht to bill reichart)

14 thoughts on “jesus junk of the month award”

  1. You’ve got to be kidding me. That is just ridiculous. Whoever is making this crap should be ashamed of themselves.

  2. This is sad. It really is. It continues to make the divide wider and wider between the Christian community and the secular community.

    “Don’t listen to THAT music – listen to THIS. Don’t wear that – wear THIS. Don’t read that – read THIS. Don’t watch that – watch THIS.” and now “Don’t Drink that – drink THIS.”

    I have to wonder – if it’s labeled as “Christian” – is it really? Seems to me that Christ and his disciples spent their time where the people are not making similar places and calling them Christian places.

    What’s next? “Fruit of the Spirit” Kool-Aid imitation?

    Sad. I pray that this company rethinks themselves and realizes how this does nothing to further Christ’s message.

  3. 100% of their proceeds goes to world missions.

    ok… that’s not true… what a bunch of sell-outs!!!

  4. james — i checked on the site. it doesn’t say anything about 100% of the proceeds going to missions. it DOES say (in their first press release) that “a percentage of their profits go to youth ministries.”

  5. I think we should have samples at the YS conference this week?? :-)
    Interesting concept they have! I have always wondered what the fruit of spirit tasted like!

  6. A treatise on the use of sarcasm in youth ministry

    I’ve have some concerns about the level of sarcasm I’m hearing these days. You hear it on TV, at school, in homes, and recently I’ve been hearing it in church. Why has pretending to be mean to someone suddenly become so “cool”? People today believe it’s okay to say anything, that it makes everything better if you add “just kidding,” to the end of everything. For those that have a tough time deciphering sarcasm, we don’t know if the words you are saying are just a joke or if you’re speaking the truth.
    So I’ve decided to look up some scripture about “speech,” as the word sarcasm isn’t really in the concordance. The first scripture reference I noticed was familiar, because it’s painted on the wall of our Sunday School room in HUGE letters. 1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers IN SPEECH, life, love, faith and purity. So as our youth who regularly attend our church use sarcasm with each other, what kind of example are they setting? What do visitors to our ministry see?
    Sarcasm can tear people down piece by piece. My mother used it on me many times, and to this day I can remember what she said word for word, and how it made me feel. When Bart Simpson was emerging during my teenage years, I told my mom “Don’t’ have a cow.” Her response to me, jokingly of course, was “ I had you.” When I said, “Can’t you take a joke?” she said “I took you.” (My therapist tells me that in reality, it wasn’t very funny. ) The sad thing is, can imagine the kids in our youth group coming back with those kind of retorts, all in the name of coolness.
    So how should we talk to others? Ephesians 4:32 tells us to be “kind and compassionate.”
    Also, Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up, according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Are the words coming out of our mouths building others up or tearing them down? Do we get to know people well enough, listen to them enough, to know what their needs are? What truth are others hearing when words come out of our mouths? In addition, Ephesians 4:25 tells us “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” If the things we are “joking“ about aren‘t true, should we be saying them at all? Lastly, Ephesians 5:1 says, “But should there be no obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which is out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” This scripture would lead me to believe that there is no place for sarcasm in the church.
    So I realize how I need to talk to people. I want to remember to tell the kids in our youth group that I love them, that I’m proud of their accomplishments, that I believe that they can live this Christian life and make a difference in this world. I want to tell them that they are meant for so much more than what this world is offering them. I never want them to doubt how valuable they are, that they are worth so much that the God of all creation, the ruler of everything, would die for them, yearn for a relationship with them, because HE LOVES THEM. I want to speak the truth in love.

  7. oops….. I posted that in the wrong place. Marko, I meant to send this to you for your personal perusal.

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