My Life In Music: Walmart Jesus/Charlie Peacock, “One Man Gets Around”


[A couple from Anderson South Carolina says that the face of Jesus appeared on their Walmart receipt. Upon reading this story, my first thought was. “Why did they have to be from South Carolina?”

Seriously though, the country already thinks those of us down hey-uh in South Cackalacky are a bunch of loony rednecks. We definitely do not need to be presenting them with evidence that it’s true! I mean look at the receipt in this picture, how is that Jesus? Somebody help me here, because I’m not seeing it. You could make a better case for it looking like Abraham Lincoln, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, or maybe even Charles Manson! But I’m sorry, the last person I’m thinkin’ is Jesus.

Look, I’m sure that this couple means well, ( I have recently found out that the woman is a student at my alma mater North Greenville University!), they are even quoted in the story as feeling “blessed” by this receipt, and so now they just want to share the “blessing” with others. But I fail to see how a Walmart receipt that supposedly bears the Image of Christ on it could be considered a blessing. Maybe I’m just too cynical, but what is it that drives us to look for the divine everywhere, but where it can be found?

I think a lyric from the song “One Man Gets Around” (Click here to buy ) gives us a little insight on this question.

“…You can’t pick up a newspaper, without
reading a story of somebody somewhere.
Saying they caught sight of Elvis, or witnessed a tear fall,
from the eye, of a statuette of the Virgin Mary…
…Forget about dignity, you could get a spot on MTV
If you only knew, how bad, people want to get a look at you
The multitudes are waiting, waiting on pins and needles
For the one more famous than the Beatles…”

To me, the line that speaks the loudest is this one, “…If you only knew, how bad, people wanna get a look at you…” Humanity is desperate for a glimpse of the divine. We can’t help it. It’s part of our DNA, it’s how we were made. Wether we believe in God or not, all of us have an innate desire to seek out, or discover something bigger than ourselves.

The problem that arises, is in where we go looking to fulfill that nagging hunger for the supernatural. Material wealth, power, popularity, sex and yes, Walmart receipts. It’s possible that all of these things could provide a sense of satisfaction, or even euphoria. And for a few brief moments they may even cause that nagging hunger to subside. But eventually it’s back again, and most times, stronger than before.

So where do we go, where can we find satisfaction and relief from that nagging within? The answer is simple, but most people don’t want to hear it. I John 5:20 says this, “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” In other words, the fulfillment of our desire for the supernatural can be found in the person of Jesus Christ!

The good news is you don’t have to go looking for Him on receipts, statuettes, or in the case of one Glee TV episode, a grilled “cheeseus” sandwich. He can be found in His Word (the Bible), His Works (Creation), and on the face of every needy person that shares the planet (Matthew 25:35-40). In fact, if you want to see an image of Jesus up close, take a look in the mirror.(Genesis 1:27)

So if you really want to witness miracles and experience the supernatural, than in the words of Jim Carey from the movie Bruce Almighty, “Be the Miracle.” If each one of us can realize this in our own lives, I don’t know if we’ll “Save money.” But you can bet we’ll all “Live better.”

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