A church in North Carolina wanted to get people thinking so they made a statue of Jesus that has caused controversy.
You’ve seen Jesus on a cross, you’ve seen Him as a person of different races, sexes, and ages. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in North Carolina created a statue of Jesus in a more humble posture–as a homeless person, lying on a park bench with holes in His wrists and ankles. The statue became the center of controversy but that’s ok. Getting people to talk about Jesus and the message the statue brings was intended result.
“One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”
Some neighbors feel that it’s an insulting depiction of the son of God, and that what appears to be a hobo curled up on a bench demeans the neighborhood.
The statue was $22,000 but it was a small price to pay to make people ask themselves about the next homeless person they walk by.
Rev. David Buck, a 65-year-old Baptist-turned-Episcopalian said, “It gives authenticity to our church,” he says. “This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society.”
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