Fox Sports reports on some more Anglican inanity:
If there was ever any doubt that Kiwis give God-like status to their rugby stars, it has been confirmed by a cathedral dean in Wellington displaying a painting of Jesus as an All Black.
The artwork of Jesus as an All Black is on display at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul where the Very Rev Frank Nelson is proud that it stirs discussion and stimulates prayer.
“We often call New Zealanders ‘God’s own’ so it would be completely logical that if Jesus did come back he would be an All Black,” Rev Nelson told Wellington’s Dominion Post newspaper.
“It’s designed as an aid to prayer so the idea is that it engages your attention but then takes you beyond the painting to God.”
The image has already shocked some Kiwis but Rev Nelson hopes it brings a smile to faces during the Rugby World Cup…
The painting is the work of artist Don Little, who painted it with a smile on his face.
“It’s a tongue-in-cheek way of saying well, here we go, our icon is football. We pay more attention to rugby than most things, don’t we?”
What position would Jesus play?
“He’d have to be a scrumhalf. He’s the one that puts the ball in, definitely,” Rev Nelson said.
Some say it could offend. Of course it does. Tasteless!
… The icon-style image of Jesus as a New Zealand rugby great is now proudly on display at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul, featuring Christ in the famous black jersey.
“Central to Christian belief is the fact that God became a human being, he became a man,” cathedral dean the Very Rev Frank Nelson said.
“We often call New Zealanders God’s own, so it would be completely logical that if Jesus did come back he would be an All Black.
“It’s painted in the very traditional Orthodox Christian style of painting, designed as an aid to prayer, so the idea is that it engages your attention but then takes you beyond the painting to God.”
While the painting had shocked some people, Nelson said it had set him thinking about the very real possibility of Jesus being reborn.
“I think you could be offended by it, I think you could be angered by it, I think it could bring a smile to some faces. My response is to just think about it.”
About what?! It’s completely irreverent and totally unnecessary.