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‘McJesus’ Protestors Seem to Have Missed the Point

To call the sculpture known as ‘McJesus’ controversial would be an understatement. After riots, it’s being removed from an Israeli museum.

A sculpture called “McJesus” is further proof that some Christians have no sense of humor. The art depicts Ronald McDonald, the mascot of McDonald’s, having been crucified in place of Jesus Christ.

The sculpture’s presence at an Israeli museum sparked riots that left three police officers injured this week. What’s ironic about the anger surrounding the piece, and apparently not other pieces that depict Christ with action figures, is the message it intended to send.

“In the contemporary context, the artists participating in the exhibition employ religious symbols to criticize the encroachment of the consumer culture on our lives in general, and on the religious sphere in particular,” the exhibition’s organizers explained on the Haifa Museum of Art’s website. 

Too much consumerism. I hear that all the time from some old-school evangelicals who constantly complain about how more modern churches seem more focused on pleasing an audience than actually teaching or worshipping Jesus Christ.

It’s ironic because some of the very people who think there is too much consumerism in churches these days would protest art that sends that same message.

Who would have thought?

The museum, according to NPR, said “McJesus” would be removed and returned as soon as possible.

If only people could stop looking for things to be offended by and think about the possible message behind the things to which they take offense.

Such artistic protests aren’t necessarily anti-religious.

Would Jesus Himself be offended by such a statement? Well, if the point is to shine light on capitalism pushing people to worship false gods rather than the real one, he might just appreciate it.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.