Christianity is universal, but the form of worship is subject to choice, culture and oftimes, that cross hanging over head.
Take St. John’s Church in Broadbridge Heath in the UK, as noted by the BBC.
See that ghoulish sculpture pictured here? Yeah, that’s Jesus.
Maybe you heard of him? Well, I’m almost positive – having not shook his hand or anything – that when he went to the Cross, he wasn’t planning on scaring the soul out of anyone interested in getting right with the Lord.
Instead, they leap out of their shoes and get left.
Aside from brother looking like he needs a sammich or something, this emaciated Somalian refugee is supposed allure people to the Cross, not make them tuck tail and leave skidmarks in their shorts.
Art. I just don’t get it.
Jeremy Knight, curator, said the powerful image portrayed by the figure was that of Christ in pain. “That today isn’t an image which a lot of churches want to follow. They’d much rather see an empty cross where Christ has risen,” he said.
Which clearly begs the question, “Then why not create that cross?” Jesus is risen. He left those wooden planks and sits at the right hand of God. So make a fresco of the resurrection? An abstract of the rapture? Perhaps, a sculpture of some ornate Cross? Shoot, make a lamp in shop.
But this… I actually showed my lil’ Wall Watcher and our conversation?
“Daddy, who is that?”
“Jesus. Before he went to heaven, he was on the Cross.”
“He looks like a Halloween movie. And he needs some candy.”
Out of the mouths of babes. Praise Jesus – spooky, haggard or whatever.