Homeless Jesus statue in Davidson

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.


Not everyone is enamored with the work of art

Perhaps because it's a stark reminder of a portion of the Bible that many conservatives seem to need reminding about, namely Matthew 25:34-40:

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014