While doing some online shopping over the weekend, my wife and I came across these little plush dolls on amazon.com called Holy Folks and are made by a company called TadPals. They are cuddly plush versions of figures from biblical history. They have Noah, Moses, Mary and Jesus. Now I would probably pick up Moses, Mary or Noah for one of my kids in a heartbeat. The dolls are really cute, but I’m not to crazy about the Jesus one. I just don’t know that it’s appropriate to make Jesus into a doll. I mean doesn’t that put Him on the same level as Barney in a childs mind? Here is the picture and writeup on the Jesus version:
“The Holy Folks Jesus doll comes complete with a shepard’s Staff. His magnetic hands can firmly hold onto the magnetic staff, and also come together in prayer position. Play & Pray with your new best friend! Jesus with his enduring smile will delight children of all ages.”
“Holy Folks – Play & Pray Pals. Say hello to the Holy Folks, the high quality, lovable plush characters inspired by your favorite stories and scriptures. These huggable and familiar friends are the perfect examples of faith, patience, courage and love for children of all ages. Each 16″ plush doll comes individually packaged with Play & Pray magnetic hands and accessories. Give your children and loved ones the gift of Holy Folks – they’re always faithful, always smiling!”
–TadPals LLC, Holy Folks
My aversion to it has nothing to do with making idols or anything like that. It has more to do with the effect it has on the mind of children. What makes “Jesus, with His enduring smile” any different from Barney with his enduring smile? As Christians we believe that Jesus was more than just a historical figure. We believe he was God come in the flesh. And there’s just something unnerving about turning God into a doll or an action figure. I think He can do without kung-fu grip.
Here are some other neat but at the same time questionable items: