Monday, January 26, 2009

Exit 109 GSP Red Bank Jesus

Red Bank, NJ is home to film maker Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash (store). This downtown fixture has become its own icon unto itself as it houses its own Jesus icon: The Buddy Christ.

While followers of The Way make pilgrimages to holy sites around the globe, the T-shirt and sandal crowd trek in from around the nation pay homage at Silent Bob's Secret Stash to catch a glimpse of The Buddy Christ (and occasionally Kevin Smith behind the register).

Now this portrayal of Christ does elicit quite a response as is reprinted from a recent blog:

-This turns my stomach.This is an abomination from the pit of hell.

-Without a doubt, the most disrespectful, disgusting thing I've ever seen. Degrading the Lord Jesus Christ like this is Positively monstrous!!!

-This is the result of creating false idols and teaching a false doctrine that Jesus is an "easy fix" and just wants you to do well and be blessed materially, emotionally, and financially.

-May this "Christ" go quickly to the Graveyard of Relevance and may he never be resurrected.

But one person may have gotten it right:

-Just wanted to mention: "Buddy Christ" is a from a film called Dogma (Kevin Smith). The point that Smith was making when he introduced "Buddy Christ" is "Don't try and change religion to be 'relevant' with today's times - you'll look ridiculous.

-Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Christ Buddy photo: roderick A.


Drew said...

Hahah, I was hoping this would come up on your blog sometime!

I completely agree with the last comment. While perhaps not a saint, I believe Kevin Smith has created a great representation with what is wrong with religion, while understanding what is Holy and Reverent, and the importance of keeping true to that form.

Anonymous said...

Buddy Christ could be a poster boy for the movement that would like to pick and choose Jesus and decide he's all the things they like, loving, kind and wise, but none of the things they don't want to hear, like the only way to salvation and the one who will bring final judgment.

Gigi said...

NJJ ~ I am constantly amazed at what you find to post! Who knew NJ contained such a plethora of blog worthy exits??!!

I've never heard of this film maker nor seen his I don't know what to make of "Buddy Christ" to be honest!

But I know that I'm grateful for the truth contained in the Scripture verse you quoted at the end! Amen!!

NewJerseyJesus said...


just imagine what i'd find if i lived in the bible-belt!


Gigi said...

Hahahahaha...NJJ - I think you should take it on the road!