In the Bible, Jesus states in Matthew 25: 35-36, "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
However, a sculpture outside St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson, N.C. depicting a "Homeless Jesus" sleeping on a bench has offended some local Christians (video below).
The sculpture was created by Timothy P. Schmalz and was blessed by the Pope Francis in November 2013, reported CTV.
The sculpture shows Jesus wrapped in a blanket, with his wounded feet from the crucifixion showing.
"It's Jesus representing the most marginalized of society," Rev. Doctor David E. Buck, the rector at St. Alban's, told WCNC. "We're reminded of what our ultimate calling is as Christians, as people of faith, to do what we can individually and systematically to eliminate homelessness. Part of a faith commitment is to care or the needy."
However, local resident Cindy Castano Swannack is offended by the sculpture and called the police because she thought it was a real homeless person.
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"Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help," Swannack told WCNC. "We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy."
Rev. Buck has no plans to move it and told DavidsonNews.net, “It’s here because it’s wonderful art that reminds, with this beautiful [church] here, that our faith is expressed through our concern and care for the homeless. We think it’s the perfect place for it.”