By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
While visiting northern Ken-tucky this past weekend, I dropped into a retail store based upon a novel idea, to stand out for good and change the world for the better. I was not only mesmerized by the bright and trendy items, but the fact that they have mastered a modernized Christian shopping experience.
Any passer-by who would see the aesthetically pleasing outside of this store, Altar’d State, would think, “Hey, that looks cool, I’ll go inside!” Any non-Christian who stepped foot inside would assume the store was just a more conservative version of Forever 21, but slightly more pricey. The storefront and inside walls are void of provocative advertisements, and no, there are no Bible verses plastered on any surface. One similarity this store does have with Forever 21 is that they, too, are Christian-based, with John 3:16 printed on the bottom of every shopping bag. (Bet you didn’t know that.)
I’m pleased to see that it has become a trend for food and retail stores to be outward with their core beliefs and values, rather than sweep them under the rug, just in case a non-believer or someone of a different faith may take offense. This outward voice has come at a time when the nation’s own values are being questioned, altered and challenged.
Other companies who have in recent times been actively outward about their Bible-based views include Interstate Batteries, Tyson Chicken, Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A, which, we already knew that because the only time you ever crave their fried chicken is when they are closed, on Sundays.
The only downside to discover from Christian shopping is the fact that they are closed on the only day of the week you happen to absolutely have nothing to do. Although, is it just a blessing in disguise? Often times, when I finally discover I have an obligation-free schedule, I finally find the time to visit family out of town or, quite honestly, find the time to whip out my Bible to catch up on reading. Sarcastically speaking, God forbid, a family to stay at home together with no agenda, only to enjoy the breaking of bread and fellowship.
One large question many of you probably are asking yourselves is in fact, how does a retail business portray a modernized Christian experience? I’ll go out on a limb here and say they have fair policies, sell fair trade items, donate a portion of their sales to non-profits and the needy, offer loving assistance and I’d hope, forgiveness when you fail to put your clothes back where you found them after leaving the dressing room.
All trendiness aside, I feel positive spending my hard earned cash at a place of business who will spend my money wisely after it’s left my own hands.