Jesus said to the disciples, â€śThe truth is, it is difficult for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. Iâ€™ll say it againâ€”it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven.â€ť â€”Matthew 19:23â€“24
Using the medium of baked clay and a style akin to political satire, Charles McCollough offers a humorous and somewhat biting image of trying to have it both ways. The men are â€śdressed like rich men in a Monopoly game,â€ť says artist McCollough. They are caricatures of our stubborn drive to hold on to possessions and powerâ€”even while we attempt to show ourselves to be faithful. Itâ€™s as true of nations and individuals now as it was in Jesusâ€™ day. â€śOf course, the camel is leery of the project of getting pulled and pushed through the needleâ€™s eye,â€ť says McCollough. Perhaps this is the part of us that knows our allegiances are divided. A Camel through the Eye of a Needle appears in McColloughâ€™s latest book, The Non-Violent Radical: Seeing and Living the Wisdom of Jesus.