*Whoa. Talk about making a powerful (and courageous) statement!
A congregation member at Claremont United Methodist Church created a nativity scene that does just that. The scene replaces the baby Jesus with a Trayvon Martin figure in its place. With a designated intent to make a statement on the repercussions of gun violence, the scene shows a mannequin wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with blood spilling from its chest and pooling on the ground.
“Jesus was born at a highly violent and political time and today, we still live in highly violent society,” said the Rev. Dan Lewis, a pastor at the church. “The nativity scene isn’t meant to incite anger, it is meant as an artistic expression… It is meant to be thought provoking.”
The scene was created by church member/artist John Zachary. According to Lewis, the “artistic expression” has been outside the church for nearly a month with little reaction from the community. But when an article that appeared in the local Daily Bulletin went viral, the church started receiving threats and angry messages and phone calls, Lewis said.
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