First there was the Jesus on the Dashboard. Then we had WWJD bracelets, followed by Testa Mints, The Armor of God Pajamas and any one of hundreds of Christian- slogan tee-shirts. What would God’s Enterprising Spirit call Christian entrepreneurs to come up with next?
From Tampa Bay Online:
TAMPA – Shannon Hayes is no prude, but when she saw the young teens at the beach acting out, one thought went through her head:
“If they had a few Scriptures to help lead them, maybe they wouldn’t act that way.”
On that day, a seed was planted in Shannon’s mind, something she couldn’t shake.
Beach flip flops imprinted with Scriptures!
“We hear so much about Christians walking the walk,” she says. “So if you had a little reminder on your shoes, that could be a gentle nudge to stay in the word.”
“I know what a divine calling is now,” Shannon says. “I know that sounds kinda weird, but I really do feel that God told me to do this. And I see that every time I’m worried or stressed out about something, he points me in a new direction and it all works out. So I know it was the right thing to do.”
In October, Shannon introduced her line of Walk the Walk flip-flops. She chose five Scriptures relating to the Christian walk and five colors. She sells them for $20 (shipping extra) on her Web site – http://www.walkthewalkflipflops.com – and recently got her first retail location at Inspired Christian Gifts, 4017 Henderson Blvd. in south Tampa.
What’s next? Christian underwear? Oh, too late. (blush!)
But seriously, does anyone really think this is going to work? Will it help adventurous Christian kids to remain virtuous? Well, at least it might scare away members of the opposite sex. But do they really think it will help non-Christian kids to seriously consider the faith? I guess it really doesn’t matter, as long as they sell.
In the three or four years that I wore those goofy Christian tee-shirts not one person ever approached me and said: “Hey, man. I really like what your shirt says. Tell me more about this Jesus fellow.” Now I wear them only when working around the house but if I hit my thumb with the hammer I still let loose with the F-Bomb. I doubt if faith-flops would help any better.