What Would Jesus Buy-Full Movie Online

17 Nov

So a couple years ago the movie What Would Jesus Buy came out. It serves as an interesting discussion piece. I found it very interesting that during the Christmas season the church sells out to consumerism. During a season in which we are meant to be reflecting on the birth of Jesus we focus on what we are going to get from others and what we are going to buy. The revolutionary aspects are missed. Where is the emptying of self? Where is leaving of our culture of comfort and diving into the culture of others? Where is the practice of radical enemy love (which is what Jesus did when he lived among us and died for us)?

So this documentary is not given from a Christian perspective but I find it fascinating that someone who wouldn’t claim to be a follower of Jesus recognizes something that we miss. So, if you have an hour and a half check it out. Here is a youtube trailer of it and you can check out the full video here.

Here are discussion questions from their website:
What Scripture Might Say About Consumption
It is clear that there is something to be said about consumption in the Bible. Here are several points to
guide your discussion.
1. How does Exodus 20: 17 that addresses the issue of coveting contribute to our understanding about
consumption?
2. Jesus tells a parable about the effects of giving money to several servants, traditionally called the
Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25: 14-30). How do you interpret this parable? Do the passages before
and after it lend any help to the meaning?
3. Jesus says in his Sermon on the Mount that we ought not to worry about what we should wear or
what we should eat (Matthew 6:25-34). What should we be worried about?
4. Jesus cleared the Temple in Mark 11:15-18, days before he was crucified. It may be the only time that
Jesus appears angry. Why was he angry and how does this add to a discussion on consumption?
5. Hebrews 13:5 talks about living in a way that is free from the love of money and the Christian church
has placed greed as one of the seven most deadliest sins. What is the love of money? And, as I
Timothy 6:10 says, why is it the root of all evil? Does Acts 8:20 play a role?
6. What did Jesus say to the rich man in Matthew 19:16-24?
7. Jesus told a parable of a rich fool who built bigger and bigger barns to hoard his grain (Luke 12:13-21).
What happened and what was Jesus trying to address?
What Would Jesus Buy?
We really don’t know what Jesus would buy, but they’re a few points that we can infer from Jesus and
the story of Christianity.
1. Greed is not good (gluttony is one of the seven deadly sins).
2. Wealth should be shared so the poor can have what they need.
3. Jesus cleared the Temple because merchants had taken it over.
4. Jesus would probably give away more than he kept for himself.
5. The Christmas story reveals Jesus in very modest (lowly) circumstances, not among
the rich.

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