There’s an intriguing movie out in the states at the moment, which is sadly not showing here in the UK yet. It’s ‘the movie Santa doesn’t want you to see’, it’s made by Morgan Spurlock of Super-size Me, and it’s called What would Jesus buy?
Here’s the trailer:
The film follows a character named Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping Gospel Choir as they embark on a national tour to save Christmas from the ‘Shopocalypse: the end of mankind from consumerism, over-consumption and the fires of eternal debt.’
The Reverend Billy and his Church of Stop Shopping may be very funny, (and I hope you get the joke) but his points are serious. The rampant consumerism that characterises western lifestyle is destroying the planet, oppressing the world’s poor, indebting the middle classes and is proven to make us stressed, overworked and unhappy. Ranting in a supermarket and casting demons from the cash registers, Billy, or Bill Talen as he is known to his mother, is in fact the sane one.
A wonderfully observed charicature he may be, but in an article on Sojourners theologian Walter Brueggeman goes so far as to say “I have no doubt that Rev Billy is a faithful prophetic figure who stands in direct continuity with ancient prophets in Israel and in continuity with the great prophetic figures of U.S. history who have incessantly called our society back to its core human passions of justice and compassion.”
Do get along and see the movie if it’s showing near you.