That is not a real person trying to sleep and stay warm on that bench outside St. Barnabas church (and yes, people HAVE contacted authorities requesting help for the person). It is a statue. A very realistic statue. It is ART with a MESSAGE! And I thank CNN for recognizing the importance of it (Refer to the CNN article: A realistic ‘Homeless Jesus’ statue sparks conversation).
Most Americans would instantly recognize the message that homelessness is a problem in our country (not just an “issue”). Christians should further recognize that the message is very Biblical. The group that funded that statue, the non-profit Community West Foundation, acknowledged that by saying:
The statue is an embodiment of the Gospel passage in Matthew 25:40 — “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.“
And the CNN article brought a question to my mind! What if just HALF of the nearly $11 Billion (with a B) spent in political campaigns was funneled to help the homeless in our country? I ask this as a serious question! What could $5,500,000,000 do? Yes that is the correct number of zeros. (Refer to CNBC Article) [UPDATE: the political campaign funds total has been upped to nearly 14 Billion now per NY Times article]
And my follow up question (in case you thought my first question was too easy) is this: could using half of their campaign money to help the homeless and hungry actually benefit a candidate’s campaign more than those postcards we get in the mail or the TV ads we ignore?
And my final question (and some of you might actually know the answer) is this: has any political campaign actually done this already?
I personally wrote this article and grant permission to copy or use any of this for your own articles or posts – Len Lindsay (God Is In Our Midst)