Wednesday, March 26, 2008

does this exist for any other reason than

just for my own entertainment? am i a bad person, because i find this so ridiculous? i know there are christians out there who want to give these toys to their children. i hope this is just one of those action figures that they do for fun - like the Sigmund Freud action figure, or the Marie Antoinette action figure with removable head. but ... there's a part of me that suspects that this action figure is a serious work by someone.

am i being too cynical? too haughty? "pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall" - proverbs 16:18 ... yeah, yeah, i know ... who am i to make fun of someone's sincere effort to share jesus with their children? and yet ...

he has glow-in-the-dark hands. seriously.


11 comments:

KellyLawson22 said...

Oh, it's absolutely absurd! My favorite is the time I saw a little kid battling his Jesus action figure against Darth Vader. Jesus was kicking some major ass (can a children's pastor say that?), but STILL... all I can do is look at this and hope it's all just a big joke.

I've never seen the Deluxe Edition-- complete with water to wine and 5 loaves and two fish! Yikes.

Chiron' said...

I see what you mean. Initially, it kinda feels yukky.

But on the OTHER (glow in the dark) hand...

Integrating an icon into a childs life as his or her "buddy Jesus", might have SOME saving grace.
Maybe it works in reverse. Maybe our desire to stress the significance of Jesus as too sacred for this kind of thing is in some way our undoing? Isn't that putting Jesus on a soapbox too big for us to reach? Somehow I think Jesus wouldn't mind. I think he would be amused, but glad that he was in the hands of a child whose irreverant attitude as he plopped him upside down into the back of his pants pocket might not think a THING about it. That child might just think like the old saying I remember hearing as a child myself,
"God made dirt and dirt don't hurt".

Joe said...

Hmmm, this needs some serious theological insight. OK, there's Jesus. There are two big jars. OK, so far, so good.

So the makers of this Jesus toy wants me to play with Jesus.

Uh-huh.

Well, I don't see a teensy-weensy version of "The Four Spiritual Laws" from Bill Bright nearby. Obviously, an Episcopalian made this Jesus! (That's ecumenical humor, FYI).

Yech. Never mind. I'd like to see Jesus, Darth Vader and The Undertaker in a Texas Cage Match and see who'd win. And no, Jesus cannot pull any of those mystical powers out and use them. Nope, sorry. Cannot do it. Against the rules.

I must stop myself here. I am going to be in big-deep heavy go-to-Hell mode ASAP.

Must ... stop ... now (I'm having a William Shatner-"Star Trek" moment now).

Greg said...

All these Christians out there following Jesus, when they could be having Deluxe Jesus. So sad.
-Delagarza

journeyingrick said...

i'm thinking, disneyjesus. action figures. souvenirs. castles. dungeons. lots of plastic.

Chiron' said...

Of course, another way of looking at it, is to borrow a movie quote...

"China is here".

nonprofitprophet said...

"children in the hands of Jesus" flipped around.... "Jesus in the hands of children"....
I don't have any problems with it. The glow in the dark hands are a bit strange. I know that there are other biblical figures in this series as well, like Noah, Moses, Mary, etc. Maybe this will help kids explore biblical stories and acting out scenes and increase their awareness.... or maybe not ~npp

Tamara said...

If only the fish were like those cool Russian dolls that just keep revealing another and another. Whoa that would be cool. Deluxe Jesus, heh.

Melinda said...

I think it would be funny to have Jesus sitting across from the Freud action figure (from the same line); Jesus holds a cigar in his glowing hand, Freud holds a fish.

M

nonprofitprophet said...

MELINDA - THAT IS FUNNEE.... "NOW JESUS, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MOTHER..."... SAYS FREUD.

Chiron' said...

ROFLMAO!! Good one Melinda