DAVIDSON, N.C. – A statue of a homeless Jesus Christ is sparking debate in Davidson.
Some say the statue sends the perfect message of reminding Christians what’s important. Others say the depiction of Jesus as a vagrant is sacrilegious.
The statue shows Jesus sleeping on a bench in front of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church.
The crucifixion marks on the feet offer the only clue to the man’s identity. “Homeless Jesus,” is a statue by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz.
Cindy Castando Swannack called the police after thinking the statue was a homeless man.
“Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help,” Swannack said.
St. Alban’s Rector David Buck said the statue is beautiful.
“It’s Jesus representing the most marginalized of society,” he said.