Why am I not surprised. At all. A Baptist congregation in South Carolina has informed a sculpture whose image of Jesus has been in their church for a decade that it will be removed. The seven-foot image of Jesus with outstretched arms has been deemed --wait for it-- "Catholic in nature." God help us!
There is an original painting of the crucified Christ by a French artist at Bridge St church, the last congregation I served. I found it quite moving. Yet in was in the seldom used chapel, on the back wall, sometimes obscured by piles of chairs.
The sculpture in the Baptist church isn't a crucifix though. Jesus' arms are raise in a pose of blessing, or even welcome.
Perhaps Jesus, the Jew. should be depicted as shaking his head in dismay. Or perhaps with arms tightly across his chest, as a reminder that in some churches those "outsiders" to whom Jesus responded really aren't accepted. How is that for "southern welcome"!?