I went to the Christian Book Store today. Upon entering, my ears were assaulted by a raucous mix of drums and guitars playing LOUDLY over the sound system. I think someone was singing something... maybe it was about God??? I'm not sure. I couldn't make out the lyrics. I tried to tone out the music while a browsed. Typically I avoid the stores in the mall that play such loud, discordant music, which, in my opinion, doesn't even deserve the label music.
I browsed around the store for a few minutes, mostly in the kids section. I was looking for Christmas gifts for my Sunday School class. I was disappointed in the selection. What in the world is Christian Manga? Oh, and you can get "Faith bands." You know, like the silly bands that all the kids wear now on their wrists, but when you take them off they are in different shapes like animals and stuff. I did find some small notebooks with some nice Christmas sayings on the front of them. The price on them wasn't too bad. Some things definitely seemed overpriced. I wasn't about to pay $1.69 for ONE book mark, even if the verse on it was KJV. Desiring a book/card/etc. that quoted exclusively from the King James Bible severely limited what was available for me to purchase. As in, limited to almost nothing!
I briefly looked around the other book sections, but decided not to waste my time. The plethora of false teaching expounded in almost all of the books was disheartening. Many I could tell just by the cover or title that they weren't going to be biblical. I looked a bit more in the gift section. There were some nice things there. Mugs, art, calendars, etc., but again, most of the verses on them were anything but KJV. On my way back to the cash, I was struck by the fact that I saw they were selling rosaries. Am I the only one that has a problem with this? I think that's reason enough for me never to spend money in that store again!
As I left the store, I thought, is the concept of a "Christian" book store even something Christians should be doing? Obviously, there was no such thing as a Christian book store in New Testament times, so is this just something that falls into one of those "gray areas." You know, things not specifically addressed in Scripture, so it doesn't really matter if we do them. But, then I wondered is a Christian book store something that pleases God? Is God glorified by what they are selling? Is He glorified by me buying it? Am I better Christian for going to that store today? Are we cheapening Christianity by selling every book written by every author claiming to be Christian no matter how aberrant their doctrine is? I can't think of any other reason a Christian book store that is owned and operated by people who claim to be Protestant, evangelical Christians would sell rosaries other than money? Can you? Are we making merchandise of Christ by buying and selling in His name?