Sometimes I wonder if the agenda behind "Jesus junk" and other kind of kitschy items is to build an unbreakable bubble for Christians to live in. This was an issue that often arose when I went to Bible college.
You lived in a self-contained environment with over 200 other Christians. You took your meals there, went to class there, slept there. You really never had to leave campus except to do your required Christian service work each week, and even that could be done in churches. It became easy to forget that a world existed outside of our evangelical box, where no disturbance intruded.
The reason I wonder about whether we're trying to build bubbles for ourselves or not is because, well, some Christian kitsch I can understand, and then there are some products that are just so asinine and pointless that I believe it can serve no purpose other than to allow us to fill our lives with items that we percieve as "godly". Are we any better than medieval Catholics that sought out holy relics to increase their piety?
Take for example, this:
Here is what the people who make "His Essence" have to say for themselves:
So apparently we think that if we only fill our homes by items made for Christians, by Christians, that we will somehow be holier for it. Well, we won't. The world looks at us, and laughs, thinking we're all a bunch of clique-ish weirdos. We sure act like it.
Here's another another really great article from the website Sharper Iron about Jesus Junk, talking about some more reasons why Christians think it's good to buy this crap.