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This week, I shared about the John 3:16 television commercial that is being banned from the Superbowl this year.  It promotes the website, www.LookupJohn316.com.

Now, another religious commercial has been banned from television as well for Superbowl Sunday.  But this time, perhaps there’s more rationale for this one?

Doritos filmed a tv spot that has a Catholic priest passing out Doritos and Pepsi as communion elements for the Eucharist sacrament.

Catholic groups got the ban after an outcry about the mockery of the Roman Catholic Church.  One interesting fact is that the actor playing the priest is actually a “practicing Catholic” supposedly and the one that came up with the script himself.

Of course, this invokes discussions about transubstantiation and how Doritos is being inconsiderate of the sacramental theology behind the Catholic sacramental tradition.  But if it were a protestant ministry being featured, would it make the commercial any more or less acceptable?

Here’s the actual TV spot that was banned and a fluffy conversation by the talking heads during this news segment:

QUESTION: Was it the right decision to ban this commercial? What does it say about God’s sense of humor as remarked in the video segment?

Halloween is over.

Thanksgiving — the largest, most visible, forgotten holiday is right around the corner.

That means, the commercialized CHRISTmas is basically here.

We’ve heard of reports that the Christmas retail season has already begun as a general secular movement as early as August now.  We’re devoting almost 1/2 hour entire calendar year around this civil holiday at the end of the year.

It is hard to find any other parallels like a date of December 25th having such an impact as far away as July or August 25th.  Not even birthdays in such a ME-centric culture are thought of this way.

Today, I received an email promoting a Free Amazon MP3 Album Download of The Veggie Tales Christmas Album for Kids:

In one sense, this is spot-on theologically: Giving away a free gift in order to celebrate another absolutely and completely free gift.

But one another sense, it is kind of a twisted manifestation when the religious circles are buying into what is being done with the timing and celebration of the civil religion around Christmas.

Is there a difference between marketing of *a* church and marketing *using* the church?

I think there is a difference, but I’m interested in what your thoughts may be on this question of the commercialization of Christmas.

My hope is that you refrain from sweeping rants as you leave a comment below. Your thoughts?