A few weeks ago I was searching for a card at Wal-Mart. I take my time and like to browse and read a variety of cards. I always end up in the funny section and if you find me there, you'll usually hear me first, laughing out loud.
As I pulled several cards, I noticed one with two nuns on the cover. The caption read, "The Lord died for your sins." At this point I'm trying to determine what part of that is something to laugh at, but I decided to see what was on the inside anyway. The inside read, "So, you may as well enjoy them. Happy Birthday."
To say I was stunned and appalled would be an understatement. I was both and offended to boot. The Lord dying for my sins isn't funny and thinking I should live a sinful life and enjoy doing so is doubly unfunny.
I flipped the card over to see who produced this jewel. The company was listed as Comic Relief - Recycled Paper Greetings. Once home, I did a quick web search and made another startling discovery. RPG is owned by American Greetings. I felt such disappointment because I had such high regard for American Greetings. I never would have expected them to produce such a blasphemous product. A little more reseach showed AG purchased RPG in 2009, so it's not like they haven't had time to pull trashy cards. In addition, I found other people didn't appreciate the RPG cards either, though none named any one card in particular.
Why is this card not funny?
First, it makes fun of someone who died for others. If I'm wrong in my faith, it still doesn't change the fact that Jesus died for a cause. A cause that didn't hurt others, just Himself. Whether you're a Christian or not, is it really funny to ridicule someone who would willing die to save other people? Do the RPG people bust out in a belly laugh when they read about a soldier throwing himself on a grenade to save his comrades? If someone takes a bullet for someone else, does that cause one to roar with laughter? I don't find anything funny about anyone dying to save another human being.
Second, if I'm right in my beliefs and Jesus is the Son of God, then He and God are being mocked for having made the ultimate sacrifice. Jesus died to save undeserving people like the knuckleheads who created and published this card.
I haven't written AG, but I'm still thinking about it. However, I have decided I will not purchase any more AG or AG affiliate products ever again. Some things aren't comedic, and however small my contribution to AG's bottom line has been, I don't want any more of my money going to a company that has so little respect for the God of the Universe. Dying on a cross isn't funny.