Tuesday, December 4, 2007
What Would Jesus Buy?
I just finished watching a Nightline segment on "What Would Jesus Buy" which is a movie that just came out & I'm very interested in seeing it now! It is of this guy who is part evangelist & part performist artists (aren't those really the same thing???) who goes around in malls etc preaching how we should buy less & that we are missing the meaning of what Christmas is really about.
It does make one think. I hear what parents spend on their children & I'm just shocked. They talked about how parents feel pressured & they are paying off their credit cards from Christmas for 6 months out of the year. I makes me wonder what children are learning?! Do you know my dad is a retired dentist (2 yrs ago) and us kids STILL only get $50 for Christmas! Now I know they spend a bit more on their 2 granddaughters but we NEVER got the equivalent amounts of today spent when we were kids. I know I have even thought, 'God, $50...do they know how much things cost today? That doesn't get much!" Which when I think about it I feel kinda bad now because it really isn't about what you spend. I mean do I need to watch the Grinch again? HA! Seriously, as this guy preaches we totally miss what Christmas is really suppose to be about. What would Jesus think about all this? It is a wonderful feeling when I give to others & I just love being surprised with gifts from others,but I think of the people struggling asking for money on Michigan Avenue as I go to PT, while I'm buying on that same street! Very odd when you think about it...oh shame on me to think! I know! But that is the point, we don't always really think about it. Am I saying, don't buy wrapping paper now, make your own cards etc. Well, perhaps but I'm not saying to go through withdrawal symptoms from going cold turkey HA! Just maybe thinking about this might help a bit. If you buy gifts for your kids would they really notice if you spent $50 less? Ok, I would...ha...but...or if you didn't get them 1 gift that one on their list what would happen? What lessons would they learn? Which also makes me think, do we learn to value ourselves, and I'm saying KIDS!...by how much our parents buy us? (Shakes head) Sad! We really need to get away from this, from our children learning that they are not loved as much or as good of a child etc because they didn't get something they wanted. Another point is teaching chidren the difference between "Want" and "Need"! I know my niece says "I NEEEEED X" and I say no "You Want X" and try to get her to explainw why she needs it & the difference.
Well, I hope this makes you think and perhaps make a small difference. Christmas should not be something we say "Oh God, I'm so glad it is all over!" You know! You might want to see the movie. The guy who did "SuperSize Me" produced this one & he raised the money to get it distributed because of course many got nervous about showing this anti-consumerism film.