Monday, April 13, 2009

Plastic Jesus

How many Legos does it take to make a life-size statue of Jesus?

Never thought it about before?

Me either.

Turns out it takes nearly 30,000. You can read about it here.

In art, the medium is a part of the message. It used to be that the medium was thought to testify to the subject's worth. A Lego Mickey Mouse, maybe. But a Lego Jesus? Doesn't inspire much reverence...or confidence. If Christ is precious to believers (1 Pet. 2:4-6) it seems gold or silver or bronze would be more appropriate. Or since Christ is the cornerstone and foundation of the church (1 Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20). How about a marble, or better yet, a granite Jesus?

2 comments:

Eric Bronson said...

I agree that a gold, silver, or granite statue of Jesus would be entirely appropriate and fitting given the significance and worth of the subject. Nothing should be spared when we are trying to legitimately honor our Lord and Savior. However, I don't find the Lego statue to be irreverent in the least. I'm sure that much love and joy went into the creation of this tribute to our Lord. I don't know whether or not this church had the means to create something more magnificent, but I think that perhaps this is just one more way that we can honor the Lord in everything that we do, even building with Lego blocks.

Doug Enick said...

I'll not quibble too much. "If the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have" (2 Cor. 8:12). I have to admit that many of my attempts to honor the Lord fall flat and some are perhaps even grossly misguided. I take comfort in the fact that the Lord has a regard for the intention, if not for the true merit of the deed. Still...I can't help thinking it might have been better not to display a statue at all than to display a Lego Jesus.