Wow. I would recommend that anyone in Des Peres think twice about going into St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. they won’t even accept Jesus! Apparently, Neal Thompson dresses up as Jesus and goes to a different church every Sunday. He has been doing this for 22 years. He usually gets some raised eyebrows, but then they welcome him. Not here.
“One of the deacons saw me,” he said, “and when I went in the church he met me and he said, ‘Can I help you? What do you want?’ I said, ‘I want to go to church here today.’ And he said, ‘What do you believe in? Are you Christian? What religion are you?’ I said, ‘I’m a Christian.'”
Thompson said he was not allowed in the sanctuary. Church members told him he’d have to sit in the hallway.
“And I said, ‘Well this ain’t right, you guys ain’t treating me right.’ He said, ‘We’re gonna call the police.’ I said, ‘Well call them, I don’t care. Call them.’ So I sat down and the next thing I know four or five police showed up.”
What? Why? The police didn’t even write a report because Thompson wasn’t causing a disturbance and left when they asked him to.
What kind of church is this? Have they had a problem previously with people dressed as Jesus coming in and setting off bombs or shooting people? That’s the only reason I could understand them not being too comfortable.
If that’s not the case, it doesn’t sound like that particular church is a very welcoming place.