The headline stated, Church Rejects Homeless Christ. Well, not exactly. Two Cathedrals have rejected the sculpture of Jesus wrapped in a blanket sleeping on a park bench in a city. What’s seen are the nail prints in the bare feet. Timothy Schmalz sculpted Jesus to help find ways for homeless to carve their way up to having a place.
The idea comes from Luke 9:58, “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.”
That Christ walked on earth to effectively identify the fallen, derelict condition of Adam’s race is clearly taught in scripture. The fact is, man, in unredeemed condition, is a spiritual pauper, no matter the elevated social, financial status he currently endures. By contrast, a man found sleeping on a park bench, may in fact rate in God’s Kingdom higher than the richest of the rich and famous.
I like Tim’s work on Jesus of the Park Bench as I can identify with Him. From my mid-teens til I was 20 I was little more than a vagabond, literally. I recall nights when a Park Bench would have been an upgrade. (I hold no bitterness toward society or parents, as this was my choice. I was singing “I Gotta Be Me”).
When Christ came in at 20, I received a new song! I know how to be in want, or abound.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly