Thursday, November 15, 2007

What Would Jesus Buy?

Summary from Wikipedia:

The film focuses on the issues of the commercialization of Christmas, materialism, the over-consumption in American culture, globalization, and the business practices of large corporations, as well as their economic and cultural effects on American society, as seen through the prism of activist/performance artist Bill Talen, who goes by the alias of "Reverend Billy," and his troupe of activists, whose street theater performances take the form of a church choir called "The Church of Stop Shopping," that sings anti-shopping and anti-corporate songs. The film follows Billy and his choir as they take a cross-country trip in the month prior to Christmas 2005, and spread their message against what they perceive as the evils of patronizing the retail outlets of several different large corporate chains.

This film releases this week!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen this film but I have been mulling over my own motivations for Christmas and the all too unavoidable consumer-Christmas-craze. If you Wiki it you will hear about the holidays pagan roots. If you Google it you’ll find 319,000,000 hits, most enticing you to buy something. And if you ask the next person you see they will no doubt tell you it has something to do with Jesus’ birth.

It is little wonder then, that most of us (probably just me) make hazy connections with St. Nicholas or soft associations with Jesus of Nazareth, and in the end find ourselves frustrated with the tension between Walmart specials and special someones. Has anyone else shared my struggle or made any headway on this issue?

Is Christmas merely about family?
If we want to make it about Jesus’ birth should we reevaluate?
Withstanding the meaning of the holiday, what parts of the Christmas culture should we avoid and which ones should we embrace as followers of Christ?
Is it ok to give and receive lots of stuff in the name of Jesus Christ?