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(Realty Today)   'Homeless Jesus' statue at church causing controversy. "That's not who Jesus is. 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"   (realtytoday.com) divider line 142
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2014-03-05 11:25:55 AM  
Trying to decide whether to laugh or cry at the irony has exhausted me
 
2014-03-05 11:37:14 AM  
FTFA: Cindy Canstano Swannack, a resident of the area, called the police when she first spotted the sculpture, thinking it was a real man.
"I was concerned for the safety of the neighborhood," Swannack told.

Well, as long as the neighborhood is safe I guess all is good.
 
2014-03-05 11:44:47 AM  
So did Jesus have a home? I don't remember one mentioned in the bible.

/still counts if he rented
 
2014-03-05 11:50:31 AM  

Uranus Megahertz: FTFA: Cindy Canstano Swannack, a resident of the area, called the police when she first spotted the sculpture, thinking it was a real man.
"I was concerned for the safety of the neighborhood," Swannack told.

Well, as long as the neighborhood is safe I guess all is good.


Christ.
 
2014-03-05 11:50:34 AM  
If Jesus isn't working out for them, others have been known to incant the higher powers of Oprah and Tom Cruise.  Neither homeless, both could actually help.
 
2014-03-05 11:53:53 AM  
31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.'

Matthew 25:31-40


I guess we know what Swannack would do for the least of Jesus' brothers.
 
2014-03-05 11:56:00 AM  
Jesus was born in a barn, walked around all day begging and slept in a garden, when he wasn't being hassled by the authorities.

Sounds like a homeless guy to me.
 
2014-03-05 11:58:18 AM  

RexTalionis: 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'


Came for this.
 
2014-03-05 11:59:12 AM  
The sculpture looks like an ordinary man except for the iconic marks on the feet, which hint at the statue's holy identity.

Not sure if intentional or not, but very clever.
 
2014-03-05 11:59:54 AM  

factoryconnection: If Jesus isn't working out for them, others have been known to incant the higher powers of Oprah and Tom Cruise.  Neither homeless, both could actually help.


Mammon is always available to be worshipped.
 
2014-03-05 12:04:16 PM  
"Whatsoever you doooo, to the least of my people, that you do...  Hey! Get outta here, ya bum!  We're singing to Jesus here!  Anyhow... that you do unto meeeeeee!"

Point: missed.
 
2014-03-05 12:09:58 PM  
Was the statue of a black man, so it was an authentic Jesus?
 
2014-03-05 12:14:32 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Was the statue of a black man, so it was an authentic Jesus?


More bronze-skinned.
 
2014-03-05 12:16:29 PM  

Relatively Obscure: FirstNationalBastard: Was the statue of a black man, so it was an authentic Jesus?

More bronze-skinned.


As long as it wasn't of some blue-eyed, pale-faced, long haired cracker.
 
2014-03-05 12:39:39 PM  
Jesus was a transient. He was a bum for decades, and relied on his friends for food and shelter.
 
2014-03-05 12:42:23 PM  

RexTalionis: 31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.'

Matthew 25:31-40

I guess we know what Swannack would do for the least of Jesus' brothers.


What?  She got him "three hots and a cot", no?
 
2014-03-05 12:43:13 PM  
I don't know if it's a "controversy" so much as one person derping (the same person who couldn't tell a sculpture from a real person and didn't bother to verify before calling the police). No matter what you do, one or more people will inevitably derp about it.
 
2014-03-05 12:43:26 PM  
The man was literally a homeless beggar and labeled the wealthy "fools".
 
2014-03-05 12:43:45 PM  

FirstNationalBastard: Relatively Obscure: FirstNationalBastard: Was the statue of a black man, so it was an authentic Jesus?

More bronze-skinned.

As long as it wasn't of some blue-eyed, pale-faced, long haired cracker.


That's Cracker-American to you.
 
2014-03-05 12:43:57 PM  

Uranus Megahertz: FTFA: Cindy Canstano Swannack, a resident of the area, called the police when she first spotted the sculpture, thinking it was a real man.
"I was concerned for the safety of the neighborhood," Swannack told.

Well, as long as the neighborhood is safe I guess all is good.


The needs of the many out weigh the needs of the one.
 
2014-03-05 12:44:24 PM  
This article exemplifies  the behaviors of both Sunday-only Christians, and people at least willing to follow Jesus' teachings.
 
2014-03-05 12:44:25 PM  
So I guess the real question is What Would Republican Jesus Do?
 
2014-03-05 12:44:29 PM  
David Buck, the rector of the church, disagrees.
"It's Jesus representing the most marginalized of society. We're reminded of what our ultimate calling is as Christians, as people of faith, to do what we can individually and systematically do to eliminate homelessness. Part of a faith commitment is to care for the needy,"


This guy gets it.
 
2014-03-05 12:45:05 PM  
"For the son of man has nowhere to lay down his head."

/paraphrasing
 
2014-03-05 12:47:17 PM  

factoryconnection: If Jesus isn't working out for them, others have been known to incant the higher powers of Oprah and Tom Cruise.  Neither homeless, both could actually help.


They didn't help him very well

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2014-03-05 12:47:59 PM  
I like how she basically admits that they're sponging off Jesus spiritually.
 
2014-03-05 12:49:06 PM  
The point rocketed over her head so fast it broke the sound barrier.  Every window in a half mile radius instantly shattered.
 
2014-03-05 12:49:06 PM  

vernonFL: factoryconnection: If Jesus isn't working out for them, others have been known to incant the higher powers of Oprah and Tom Cruise.  Neither homeless, both could actually help.

Mammon is always available to be worshipped.


Prosperity Doctrine is Mammon's spoken Word.
 
2014-03-05 12:49:09 PM  
what would American Exceptionalism Jesus do?

own his own business, invest with a broker, buy a McMansion and a  beemer...an audi
 
2014-03-05 12:50:21 PM  

RexTalionis: 31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.'

Matthew 25:31-40

I guess we know what Swannack would do for the least of Jesus' brothers.



And something about feet in sand. I forget.
 
2014-03-05 12:50:39 PM  
If only we could all be like Jesus: A GOD. Then neediness wouldn't be an issue.
 
2014-03-05 12:51:02 PM  
He came to town on an old freight train,
He jumped off in the pourin' rain.
Everybody said "He's insane",
"Just a low down no account hobo."

He made his bed 'neath the county bridge.
The city folk said "Hey that's not his!"
They signed a petition,
They're gonna get rid,
Of that low down no account white trash.

What if Jesus comes back like that,
On an old freight train,
In a hobo hat?
Will we, let him in or turn our back?
What if Jesus comes back like that?
OOOHHHH
What if Jesus comes back like that?


**Collin Raye last seen doing face plam..!
 
2014-03-05 12:51:11 PM  
Bonus quote from another article about this:


She isn't alone in her sentiment. In a letter to the editor of DavidsonNews.net, resident Jerry Dawson wrote:
"...My complaint is not about the art-worthiness or the meaning behind the sculpture. It is about people driving into our beautiful, reasonably upscale neighborhood and seeing an ugly homeless person sleeping on a park bench. It is also about walking by this sculpture at night and passing within inches of the grim reaper. These are the impressions that this sculpture gives. I have stepped over actual homeless people sleeping on a sidewalk in New York City and not been as creeped out as I am walking past this sculpture."
 
2014-03-05 12:52:52 PM  

RexTalionis: 31 "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' 40 And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.'

Matthew 25:31-40

I guess we know what Swannack would do for the least of Jesus' brothers.


Goatist!
 
2014-03-05 12:53:00 PM  

wxboy: Bonus quote from another article about this:


She isn't alone in her sentiment. In a letter to the editor of DavidsonNews.net, resident Jerry Dawson wrote:
"...My complaint is not about the art-worthiness or the meaning behind the sculpture. It is about people driving into our beautiful, reasonably upscale neighborhood and seeing an ugly homeless person sleeping on a park bench. It is also about walking by this sculpture at night and passing within inches of the grim reaper. These are the impressions that this sculpture gives. I have stepped over actual homeless people sleeping on a sidewalk in New York City and not been as creeped out as I am walking past this sculpture."


Ah, she is the cream of humanity.
 
2014-03-05 12:53:10 PM  
"That's not who Jesus is. 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," she said.

Oh look, another Christian who hasn't read the book.
 
2014-03-05 12:53:57 PM  
The sculpture, a religious piece by Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz, was given to the church by some residents who wanted to honor a fellow church member,

His work strikes me as overly sentimental.
 
2014-03-05 12:54:02 PM  
cdn-s3.thewrap.com
Affluent Jesus
 
2014-03-05 12:54:35 PM  
Is this going to impact our property home values and HOA fees?
 
2014-03-05 12:55:16 PM  
Jesus replied, "Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

Not Matthew 16:26
/ thanks, Castlevania.
 
2014-03-05 12:55:18 PM  
For modern religious art, I think that's actually quite lovely.
 
2014-03-05 12:55:20 PM  
Guys! Guys! You're missing the most important bit:

There are six castles that cost less than an apartment in NYC!
 
2014-03-05 12:56:12 PM  
www.mbird.com
 
2014-03-05 12:57:11 PM  

Kome: The sculpture looks like an ordinary man except for the iconic marks on the feet, which hint at the statue's holy identity.

Not sure if intentional or not, but very clever.


anongallery.org

/pouring intensifies.
 
2014-03-05 12:58:34 PM  
media3.giphy.com
 
2014-03-05 12:58:52 PM  
""That's not who Jesus is. 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," she said. "

So the whole "died for your sins" thing falls under the heading of  "Yeah, but what have you done for me lately"?


In case anyone was wondering.... this is why thinking people hate some Christians.
 
2014-03-05 12:59:43 PM  

wxboy: Bonus quote from another article about this:


She isn't alone in her sentiment. In a letter to the editor of DavidsonNews.net, resident Jerry Dawson wrote:
"...My complaint is not about the art-worthiness or the meaning behind the sculpture. It is about people driving into our beautiful, reasonably upscale neighborhood and seeing an ugly homeless person sleeping on a park bench. It is also about walking by this sculpture at night and passing within inches of the grim reaper. These are the impressions that this sculpture gives. I have stepped over actual homeless people sleeping on a sidewalk in New York City and not been as creeped out as I am walking past this sculpture."


Well damn, man...rent them a room or something!
 
2014-03-05 12:59:44 PM  

Jackpot777: Kome: The sculpture looks like an ordinary man except for the iconic marks on the feet, which hint at the statue's holy identity.

Not sure if intentional or not, but very clever.

[anongallery.org image 640x473]

/pouring intensifies.



At least it wasn't pretzels or something...considering the salt.
 
2014-03-05 01:00:13 PM  
We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy

The Jesus you need:

catholicphoenix.com
 
2014-03-05 01:00:29 PM  
Most self-described Christians in America should stick with their real god and stop pretending they follow the teachings of a man who wandered the Middle East helping the poors, the whores and the sick.

Here's the symbol of their true religion:

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