JP can’t take full credit for the idea of “prayer soap”. Looks like the Mormons beat him to it.
Today’s comic is inspired by two things: 1) my complete disdain for most products marketed as “Christian”, and 2) televangelists.
I’ve talked about Christian marketing before, and I’m sure it will continue to be a recurring theme in the comic strip. As you know, I have two primary problems with Christian products. First of all, they almost ALWAYS have some stupid, kitschy name or phrase emblazoned on them. Christian t-shirts are the worst offenders. Secondly, the product itself is usually of very poor quality. Like, terrible. It’s as if the company spent more time coming up with the dumb, kitschy name than they spent on product development, which is arguably the most important part of creating stuff that you want people to buy. The only good thing that comes out of these poorly-conceived products is great material for my comic. It’s comedy gold.
Televangelists are an interesting enigma. It’s hard to tell what frustrates me the most about them. On the one hand, they seem to be very narcissistic with their private jets and coifed hair and zip lines. But, whatever. I don’t really have too much of a problem with pastors having nice things, but when you couple the narcissism with exploitation, then I have a problem. And televangelists are great at exploitation. They sell prayer cloths along with promises of healing and financial gain in exchange for large monetary donations. It’s as hilarious as it is sickening because people are falling for this junk every day. The private jets and well-coifed hair and zip lines are proof of it.
Are there any Christian products that you enjoy?
What are your thoughts on high-profile televangelists?