...apparently offends some people's sensibilities.
In Davidson, N.C., St. Alban's Episcopal Church installed a statue of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench out front of their church. Jesus is laying on the bench, his face and body obscured under a blanket. The only signs that it's Jesus under the blanket are the crucifixion wounds in His uncovered feet.
Some neighbors have complained that the statue is demeaning to Jesus and others say that the statue demeans the upscale neighborhood. The church rector, Rev. David Buck, sees things differently though:
"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."
I, for one, believe that the negative reaction to the statue is *exactly* why that statue is needed. So many of my fellow Christians are so incredibly judgemental and unkind towards those in poverty. They claim to be compassionate Christians over and over while voting to cut food stamps, school lunch funds, and welfare funds. They're so wrapped up in feeling smug, self-righteous, and holier-than-thou that they forget about what Jesus actually compelled us to do.
This statue forces those of us who believe to remember that Jesus told us, in Matthew 25:40: "... Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."