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Products that Cheapen the Word of God

I Can Do All ThingsOn the one hand, I realize there is some humour 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 verse in scripture 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.

I also think the product line in question is actually more telling; it is admitting that coffee has become the thing that many worship. Has anyone thought through how this impacts a new believer walking through our 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 carry this item.

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