Today's kitsch reminds me of something in the vein of Jesus Laughing. If you don't know what it is, click the link; it's hilarious. Pieces like these attempt to humanize Jesus to us a little more. They want to make Him a little more down to earth, a little more accessible. Of course, the problem with that is, like the problem with the last post, is you're creating an image. The problem with creating an image, even of your true Lord and Savior, is that we can only portray a limited number of aspects of His being, while sacrificing the others. For instance, while scary, alien Jesus:
does a great job of portraying the, well, otherness of Jesus as fully God, it's kind of lacking in the humanity department. Also, don't get me started on Jesus being a white guy; that always infuriates me. On the other hand, however, jokin' Jesus:
is a little too reminiscent of Buddy Christ, and doesn't portray the idea of deity very well.
Well, now we've found a way to reduce Jesus again. Apparently now, Christopher Lloyd and Jesus are on about the same level.
Angels In the Outfield 2: Jesus In the Batter's Box!
I started thinking about what it would be like if we started doing this with other things too, so I used my horrible Photoshopping skills to create a couple prototypes. Actually...it was GIMP. I'm too cheap for Photoshop.
"Jesus Is My Coach" For Grown-Ups...With Weight Problems
So I guess my point is that maybe we should just stop trying to make pictures or sculptures of Jesus. We don't even know what He looked like, not to mention we're really bad at it, and we run the risk of setting up an idol, even though those things would make some really crappy idols.