More Flash, More Cash?

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

There is a clothing store here in Ann Arbor that opened up about a year ago. It advertises clothing for the “cool” college student. I have seen this store at other campuses around the nation. They are trying to compete with Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch, and the like.

They appeal to the college student because of their “tight and revealing” clothing for the body-conscious student. They also tout the fact that they are against child labor and unfair wages for the makers of their clothing who live in an under-developed country. These are noble goals, but the bottom line is that I do not know how much longer they will be in business. I hope I am wrong because healthy business competition is good for the consumer.

Just recently my hunch on the early exit of this store got reinforced when they lined their whole store windows with fluorescent lights. It is quite a sight… you just have to see it. It literally lights up a whole section of the block. Even though I don’t have a business degree, I figured out that this is what we call a “in your face marketing strategy” – get people’s attention and then they will be more interested in coming in the store to buy something.

Personally, I want to go into the store and tell the owner or the manager of the store a simple principle that works in life, business, etc – it is not the bells and whistles, but it is the content (quality and the price).

As I passed by this store (I was in the need of “wearing my sunglasses at night”), I couldn’t help but to think about the Church. All the lights, flash, bells and whistles in the world will not cause a person to come to know Christ. Can we “sell” Christianity on the content alone? No matter how we advertise Christianity, the conclusion is: Are people able to see Christ? It is the character of Christ rather than the events and programs that will draw people into eternity. But how will that content be displayed? It is through people who embody the Gospel message… we are truly the walking advertisement for Christ. May we flaunt Him well.

Tweenies

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint

I recently read a Barna article about “Tweenies.” The Tweenies are kids from 8-12 years old. Yup, Josiah is now officially considered a tweenie. It was interesting to read some of the things that were discovered in their research.

One principle or value that they reaffirmed is the importance of the role of the parents in a tweenie’s life. This is the reason why we need to keep on building up our Covenant group (married couples’ small group). As the husband and wife learn to build stronger marriages, it will hopefully help them to become better parents.

I am scared out of my mind to think about some of the things that our children will have to face in the near future. I have always talked about raising up “world shakers and history makers,” but the task before Christina and me is a difficult one. This is why we need to pray more for God’s grace and mercy upon our children.