All I Want For Christmas Is a Plastic Jesus’
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
(Exodus 20:4 – ESV)
It is about as tacky as one can get and has a definite groan factor of 10. Actually, I thought it was someone’s idea of a joke, a typical secular, money-grabbing enterprise aimed at those with just enough religion to find it acceptable, and not enough discernment to see the seriousness of the transgression. But then I suppose that when it comes to ‘Christmas merchandise’ anything goes. Imagine my chagrin when I saw it advertised for sale in a ‘Christian’ bookstore. What am I talking about? Why, a Jesus action figure of course, with ‘poseable arms’ and ‘gliding action’ no less. That’s right, ‘gliding action’. . though I doubt this one will be able to walk on water. And such a pity the packaging [which is replete with Scripture verses on the back except the one at the top of this page of course] does not warn the kiddies that this plastic Jesus will sink.
Yet despite the clear violation of the Second Commandment I did manage to find some humour in the whole thing. In fine print at the bottom of the packaging were the words, ‘choking hazard’, I smiled as I mused, ‘Yep, that’s the very effect it has on me’. Sadder still were the words, ‘Not suitable for children under 3 years’ which is a far cry from the real deal huh? (Matthew 18:6)
Enter the manufacturer of the plastic Jesus, ‘Accoutrements Pty. Ltd – Outfitters of Popular Culture.’ Now kids can worship their synthetic savior until they get bored with it and learn, like their spiritually shallow parents, that the Lord can be a lot of fun until you realize He doesn't really do everything you want Him to. Then it's back to the toy box for something else a little more entertaining like say, Mr. Potato Head?
What next? Accessories? A little crown of thorns?, fake blood?, some plastic bread and wine cups to celebrate communion with? - maybe a tiny towel and basin so Jesus can wash Ken and Barbie's feet - and how about a little donkey for Jesus to ride into the sanctuary on? Smokin' huh? Oh, and let's not forget the miniature spear - we can have volunteers from children's church come forward and take turns sticking it in Jesus' side. How's THAT for radical?
How’s that for SAD?!
In His Everlasting Embrace
Tony & Pamela Dean