Agree or Disagree: You would consider a sculpture of Jesus the Homeless inappropriate.


There have been some obvious iconic photo’s of Jesus.

Photo’s like this….

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Or a photo like this…..

 

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Both of these pictures are comfortable. They give you a sense of what Jesus came for. He bled. He died. He rose again.

However, what about this one?

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This photo is a sculpture of Jesus the Homeless. It was created by artist Timothy Schmalz. And this sculpture was rejected by two prominent Catholic churches because he was told “it was not an appropriate image.”

This is another quote from Schmalz about the response.

“It was very upsetting because the rectors liked it, but when it got to the administration, people thought it might be too controversial or vague.”

You can read the article here http://www.thestar.com/news/insight/2013/04/13/sculpture_of_jesus_the_homeless_rejected_by_two_prominent_churches.html

When I was sent this, I had to take it in. It is not an image I instantly think of when I think of Jesus. However Scripture does state He was a man without a home.

So,As you sit and let this photo of Jesus the Homeless sink in, do you think it is inappropriate? If you saw it in a church, how would you react?

Moreover, how do you react now?

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One response to “Agree or Disagree: You would consider a sculpture of Jesus the Homeless inappropriate.

  1. I like it. It’s true that it isn’t obvious from the get-go that it’s a Jesus sculpture but a lot of art is more than it appears at first glance. I agree that it’s entirely consistent with scripture portraying Jesus as having no home. Also, it is a good reminder of that verse “whatever you do for the least of these you do it for me(Jesus)”.

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