If you’ve ever felt distant from Jesus, have I got the toy for you – the Jesus Action figure (not to be mistaken with the Jesus Bobble-head) is now on sale at your local Wal-mart. There’s also Moses, Noah, Esther and more….
“If you go in a toy aisle in any major retailer, you will see toys and dolls that promote and glorify evil, destruction, lying, cheating. In the girls’ aisle where the dolls would be, you see dolls that are promoting promiscuity to very young girls.” David Socha, the founder of the line of toys explains. (taken from this BBC article.)
Now, I’m not bashing Biblical action figures (and I sure as heck think sexy dolls are disgusting) but if our dear friend David has read the book these figures are found it, it seems he would have to admit that not all of the great Biblical characters exhibit high moral standards.
If you recall, our dear friend Noah found himself in a “morally questionable” situation after enjoying a bit too much fruit on the vine. And then there’s the classic example of David, the murdering, adulterous “man after God’s own heart.” I guess they won’t be including Rahab or Mary Magdalene in the line.
So the point isn’t so much that these great Biblical characters lived morally upstanding lives, but that God used them despite their brokenness and weaknesses.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, my Paul doll has a date with Barbie.