That someone called the cops on Jesus is an appropriate metaphor for what’s wrong with Western Culture —
Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community (by John Burnett)
The bronze statue was purchased for $22,000 as a memorial for a parishioner, Kate McIntyre, who loved public art.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench, huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured — only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The rector of this liberal, inclusive church is the Reverend David Buck, a 65-year-old Baptist-turned-Episcopalian who seems not at all averse to the controversy, the double takes and the discussion the statue has provoked.
“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.”
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
“One woman from the neighbourhood actually called police the first time she drove by,” says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.Net. “She thought it was an actual homeless person.”
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.
Photo: David Buck sitting next to Jesus The Homeless, a statue by Canadian Timothy Schmalz, in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C., U.S.A. (photo for N.P.R. by John Burnett).