What’s a Bible Verse Doing on my Forever 21 Bag?
We recently got a new Forever 21 (XXl for the sophisticates out there) very near my house. After years of making a trek to the far slung suburbs once or twice a year to sample the wares of the store, I have been giddy over the prospect of having a store within walking distance.
I strategically planned my tactical strike. I knew better than to visit opening weekend. That would be suicide.
I opted to let things die down a bit, and hit the mecca at the opening bell on a Monday. My strategy paid off handsomely. I was greeted by an employee at the front door, and had the once in a lifetime experience of experiencing the two story mammoth store in all its glory-completely empty.
I took a deep breath in and allowed the sweet perfume of cheap clothing born in China to permeate my nostrils. It was beautiful. I became a little verklempt.
Remember when Ricky (Wes Bentley) gives that poignant speech in American Beauty? ”Sometimes there is so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it. And my heart…is just going to cave in. ”
When I gazed up the marble staircase leading to the second floor of nirvana, I truly felt what he was saying. This was my happy place, I was home.
I pored over the ridiculous amount of merchandise, and settled on a mere 16 articles of clothing. That pile of clothing was eventually narrowed to three pieces of clothing to purchase.
When I got home I put away my purchases and went to go throw the bag away, but then something caught my eye-what the heck? There, at the bottom of my bag was a bible passage John 3:16. That certainly seemed odd, given the fact that store peddles so much slut gear. Out of thousands of skirts, I was lucky to have one or two that properly covered my lady parts.
Hooker heels abound alongside liquid latex leggings and mesh tops. It just seems so odd to throw your faith on your bag, but not walk the walk. It would be no more surprsing if a strip club had their staff wear pasties with John 3:16 on them. By the way that phrase says “”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Does anyone else find it odd that the chain decided to do this? I don’t fault their convictions, but it seems a little hypocritical to wear your belief on you sleeve, so to speak, but turn around and sell 12 year-old girls slutty dresses.
There are other national merchandisers who walk the walk. Hobby Lobby is closed every Sunday, so that their staff may spend the day worshiping, and with their families. I admire their convictions, because they are sacrificing millions of dollars in sales on Sundays. This is a day that working parents can buy stuff for the following school week, and I can’t tell you how often I hear a mom lamenting the fact that they are closed.
Ditto for popular Chik-fil-A. They steadfastly refuse to be open on Sundays. Don’t they know how many hungover people really, really want Chick-fsil-A on Sundays?
Even In-N-Out Burger chain gets in on the action. They also print John 3:16 on the bottom of their cups.
I guess I don’t care. It is their company, and if they want to throw their beliefs out for all the world to see, so be it. After all, they are the ones who have to sleep at night knowing they are selling this:
Now where will your daughters wear these short outfits? I’ll tell you where-straight to the maternity ward. You think I am joking? Is it coincidence that the company recently created a maternity line for teenagers?