A statue depicting Jesus as a homeless person sleeping on a bench recently installed at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, NC prompted a call to police, with a woman in the upscale neighborhood concerned for the safety of her neighbors.
The statue was purchased by a church member for $22,000 as a memorial to a former parishioner, Kate McIntyre, who had loved public art.
The statue had previously been turned down by St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
Not everyone in the neighborhood is enamored with the work of art, with Swannock saying, “Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help. We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy.”
Others, such as Ellen Donaldson, say that the statue gives her peace.
“It brings me right up here with Him, yeah,” said Donaldson, “It gives me an overwhelming sense of peace and comfort.”
Obviously, some people think Jesus is just a deadbeat "taker" living off welfare.