What could be more symbolic of American worship of capitalism than Jesus appearing on a Walmart receipt?
Apparently tired of appearing on toast, Cheetos and random trees, our Lord and Savior has chosen to grace a humble Walmart proof of purchase with his visage. South Carolina couple Jacob Simmons and Gentry Lee Sutherland shopped at the mega-retailer- who, may I note, is not very known for Christ-like practices- and discarded the slip of paper on the kitchen counter. After attending church on a Wednesday night, the pair went home to watch a film, only to discover the Jesus receipt when they returned.
“Right before we were about to [watch a movie] I noticed Jacob standing beside the counter. I said, ‘What’s wrong with you?'”
“He said, ‘Look at this receipt.’ I just looked at it and it looked kind of brown, and he said, ‘No, Look at it.’ So I took a second look and then I saw the face. The message we had just heard at church an hour before went through my mind.”
The story quickly went viral, attracting attention and news exposure worldwide. Sutherland continues:
“People are going to believe what they want to believe… There’s tons of people who will say, ‘Oh, we’re in the Bible Belt,’ but here’s my question to the doubters, who else has the power to put their face on a check-out receipt but Jesus?”
The Jesus receipt is still in possession of the young couple, who say they’ve mostly shared it with family and friends since the June apparition. Do you think the Jesus receipt truly shows the face of Christ, or is this just selection bias at play? Had the couple spent the evening at the movies, for instance, might they have recognized the face of Tom Cruise on the slip?