Wall Street Religion
by Devon Fisher
I drove to Wal-Mart yesterday
And bought a brand-spankin’-new
Mr. Potato Head Jesus
I can put him together just the way I want him
And you can buy one of your own.
If I don’t like that arm
That takes my money and gives to the poor,
I’ll just make it another ear
So that he can listen even better
To all of my complaints and problems
And fix them all with the one arm that I left.
And if my Mr. Potato Head Jesus
Appears to frown at me
And all of my lust and greed,
Why that’s no problem at all
I’ll just yank out the mouth
And flip it upside down.
See, now it’s a smile,
A gentle laugh,
To condone me and all that I do.
You don’t like the feet
That make your Jesus walk away into cities
Where those lazy shiftless good for nothings
Sit around and mooch off you and me
And the rest of the hard Workers?
You can fix that.
Just pull the feet off of your Jesus
So he can’t ever walk away from you.
Aren’t they great?
I think I might just buy stock
In Mr. Potato Head Jesuses.
I hope that poem disturbed you at first, like it did me. But the disturbing part isn’t that Fisher wrote the poem… it’s that the poem reflects our culture. That’s how we view Jesus–as someone we can make our own, rather than someone we conform to.
I read this poem in an exam question last week. We had to discuss what aspects of American culture (both inside and outside the church) make it easy for us to transform Jesus into the image we want, rather than us being transformed into His image, which is what God desires. We also had to write about which aspects of Jesus we are most tempted to ignore or alter, and what we as Christians should do to resist transforming Jesus into our desired image.
I know those are heavy questions, but they are worth considering and measuring your heart with. God doesn’t ask us to make Jesus the way he’s most convenient for us. He asks us to drop everything and follow him without hindrance, and be changed into his likeness.