Warren Wiersbe stated, “Wherever you find superstition, you often find the exhibition and sale of… religious items.” In Paul’s day, the selling of silver statues of the goddess Diana was such a lucrative business that the presence of the Gospel was unwelcome due to the threats it posed financially. They were superstitious, so their religious items provide to be a goldmine. Before we point fingers, though, we have to consider the myriad of “religious trinkets” that our Christian bookstores sell. I’m not sure that what we have is altogether different from what they had – the difference is that ours carry Christian quotes or bible verses. I’m not saying it’s all bad or ill-intended, but there’s some level of a cringe factor we need to have when people are simply seeking to profit from the sale of such goods. If the responsibility of the church is to spread the Gospel to the world, then why are we wasting our time being distracted by such things? We need to be careful that we aren’t worshiping our trinkets over the God they’re supposed to remind us about and to draw us deeper with. When they take over, then perhaps they’ve become misplaced.