Within 20 minutes of its installation on a park bench in a suburban Cleveland churchyard, police got a call about ‘Jesus the Homeless.’
The bronze statue, depicting Jesus Christ as a homeless person lying under a blanket, was installed Monday on a bench on the grounds of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village, Ohio.
When police from the wealthy suburb came to respond, the officer was ‘very kind’ and wanted to learn about the statue, said Fr. Alex Martin, pastor of the church.
‘[The sculpture] reminds us that, even though homelessness is a not a significant problem in our immediate neighborhood, we don’t have to drive far to find those in tremendous need,’ Martin told Cleveland Scene.
The caller wasn’t sure if the figure on the bench, which is near a public park, was a real person or a statue, Bay Village Police told Cleveland Scene.
‘If this was a person laying on a bench, the officer would have made sure the person was not in any sort of medical distress,’ Chief Kathy Leisure wrote in an email. ‘If the person was, the officer would have been able to radio for an ambulance to respond and start rendering first aid.’
If the theoretical person on the bench refused aid, he or she would have been left alone, she explained.
The churchyard is set to host the statue until December 1.
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Source: Daily Mail