‘Homeless Jesus’ statue causes controversy

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DAVIDSON, N.C. — A statue portraying Jesus Christ as a homeless man sleeping on a bench outside a church is causing a stir in North Carolina.

The statue is on display outside the St. Alban Episcopal Church in Davidson, reported WGHP-TV.

Supporters said the bench sends the perfect message reminding Christians of humility. Others have said it is sacrilegious.

“Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help,” said Cindy Castando Swannack.

St. Alban’s Rector David Buck said the statue is beautiful.

“It’s Jesus representing the most marginalized of society,” he said.

“Homeless Jesus,” is a statue by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz.