This poor homeless statue of Jesus is still having trouble finding a home without controversy.
Appropriate, I think. It challenges our sensibilities in a way that I think only Jesus does.
But, here’s the thing: this is not controversial from a Biblical perspective.
If Jesus wasn’t actually homeless (for a dude who might have had a home, he doesn’t hang much there in scripture), he certainly was found with the homeless and destitute, probably sleeping many nights under a sheet with the sky as a roof.
But this? This is absolutely controversial:
I’d say it’s damn near blasphemous…and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t think much is very blasphemous.
This is pretty controversial, too:
Look at how crazy creepy that really white Jesus is wrestling with the good-guy from the Hellboy comics…
An uproar over this statue…that’s screwed up. We see Jesus as Jesus is and get all offended. That’s a teachable lesson for those with eyes to see and ears to hear. But I haven’t heard much said about those other pics or others like them that appear on bulletin covers, emails, Facebook memes, or bumper stickers…in fact, I’d dare guess that most Christians would see them and not think two things about them: their veracity, their message, their scandal.
And they’re far more scandalous…
Want to know what else doesn’t seem to cause much controversy? The fact that people die of starvation in the city of Chicago, one of the wealthiest cities in the world.
Or the fact that farm owners are committing suicide because they can’t make a living anymore, what with our demand for everything cheap and mass produced and all.
Or the fact that $600,000 was stolen from smiley Joel Osteen’s mega church a few weeks ago, and that was just one Sunday’s offering from plate-giving. For some perspective, that is almost double my faith community’s total operating budget.
Don’t let Jesus be shown homeless, but it’s sure ’nuff OK for the imago dei to be starving and dying while hundreds of thousands are collected each week from one place…and the only thing we can say is that we can’t believe someone would have the nerve to steal that money from a “church”…
Where’s really-ripped abs Jesus when you need him?