“What would Jesus buy?” Well, first, he paid our enormous debt, that had a terrible interest rate-death! Then, he gave us the ability to manage our credit via forgiveness and repentance, to practice better management of those kinds of lusts that got us into debt in the first place. In this he gave us the Holy Spirit, who would tell us not to pay attention to the advertiser who is always vying for our attention, no matter the expense to ourselves or our loved ones. In this paying of our debts in full, he brought our household under divine order. Where we take care of our families according to sound principles. And all of this without even the knowledge of Santa Claus!
What Would Jesus Buy?
“What Would Jesus Buy?” is a wickedly
effective indictment of America’s consumer compulsion, our mindless shopping
and the multinational corporations controlling it all.
What could have been a bone-dry
exercise in dogmatism is instead a witty, abrasive and hugely entertaining
romp, thanks to director Rob VanAlkemade. Credit is also due to Reverend Billy,
the alter ego of Billy Talen, who, after watching in horror as Disney took over
his neighborhood (New York’s Times Square), decided to mimic the local street
preachers, the only people being heard over the commercial din. Since launching
his crusade in 1997, Reverend Billy has been banned from 130,000 Starbucks
worldwide, as well as from every Disney property.
Interviews with crazy-eyed
shoppers make it clear that salvation, or whatever you want to call a saner
approach to gift-giving, isn’t going to be easy. Thanks to decades of
devilishly effective marketing, and $15 billion in annual advertising to kids,
Christmas retail is now inextricably linked to the idea of love. The more you
love, the logic goes, the bigger the gift.
Academic and religious experts
line up to explain how Christmas, which began as a modest religious
celebration, has spiraled out of control into the purely consumerist bonanza we
experience today, fueled by Americans’ increasing social isolation and
emotional emptiness. We spend, they explain, to compensate for what we’ve lost,
or what we never had.
Well Seth just how much do you Love me? That is a sad but true statement that our gifts are a social indicator of our Love for one another. Maybe we all need to BLOW the retail economy out of the water and do as Carol and I are doing and not exchange gifts. What would that do to the Multi-National giants?
I’ve heard a lot about this film. thanks for the review.
That dude is hilarious! One of the big networks did a story on him just a couple weeks ago. I’d love to see this movie.
That’s so great! I would love to see it sometime.