Does Jesus make you feel uncomfortable?

Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidscon, N.C.

Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban’s Episcopal, in Davidscon, N.C.  [Photo by John Burnett/NPR]

This morning’s Weekend Edition included a story of a new statue which has been installed in Davidson, North Carolina at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church. Reporter John Burnett found that most people were not neutral about this piece. Most people are not neutral about Jesus, even if they say they are.

It’s not hard to imagine that some in this upscale community find the statue—which looks enough like a homeless person sleeping on a park bench that at least one woman called the police—to be a bit disturbing. Take a closer look and it only gets worse to find that this homeless man is Jesus himself, identifiable by the nail scars in his bare feet.

After a bit of consideration, I’ve determined that I need this statue to make me uncomfortable.  I need to be reminded that Jesus—unlike foxes with dens and birds with nests (Luke 9:58)—did not have a home.  I need to be reminded that Jesus did not set his schedule so as to ensure any of the comforts or conveniences that too often muddle up my calendar until I apparently have no time at all for the things I intend. Jesus also did not seek out relationships that would increase his street cred or ensure he’d be invited to the events what might nudge him from being a nobody to a someone.

I need Jesus to make me feel uncomfortable.

#somuchtolearn

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