I saw a guy wearing a Rosary today at work. Apparently, that is some sort of new fashion statement.
The football player formerly known as Chad Johnson wears one.
As does this guy, whoever he is
And this guy, whoever he is.
Now, I am not Catholic, but I do know this one thing, Rosary beads are not for wearing. (If you are Catholic, and I am wrong about this, please feel free to correct me.) They are for praying. Wearing them is very disrespectful, perhaps even sacrilegious. I'm sure any devout Catholic would never be caught wearing Rosary beads. But to these people, and others who wear them as if they were any ordinary piece of jewelry, they mean nothing.
Kind of reminds me of the fad not too long ago of wearing crosses. The bigger, the gaudier, the better. You know that these people did not know the significance of the cross. Rappers who glorify the abuse of women, murdering police officers, drug use, violence. The ones who can't go three words without the vilest of obscenities coming out of their mouths, would have huge 3 inch gold crosses hanging from their necks.
And the jewelry store owner asks them, "Do you want a plain cross, or one with a little man on it?" Yet they have no idea who that little man is, or why he was on the cross in the first place. Because it means nothing to them. It's just a fashion statement.
Several years ago, my sister and brother in law were visiting me. This was during the height of the WWJD bracelet fad. We had gone to visit the Christian book store in Batesville, and they had a basket of them for sale. My sister offered to buy me one, but I'd seen too many people wearing them who had no idea who "J" is, or why they should even care about what he would do.
My faith is more than just a fashion to me.