Jewish Journal


May 18, 2009

‘What would Cheesus do?’


Sara Bell, a Texas woman, was digging through a bag of Cheetos when she discovered Cheesus, a two-inch tall Cheeto (pictured at left) that she thought resembled Jesus. Here is the story from the Preston Hollow People:

Until she decides what to do with the Cheeto, Bell is keeping it safe, wrapped in tissue inside a box that once held a wristwatch.

“What I’ve been worried about is if I have it around my house, it’ll get eaten,” the retired teacher said. “If not by a person, then by an ant.”

Bell said she hadn’t shown the Cheeto to any ministers at her church (Highland Park United Methodist), but several friends have seen it, including Carolyn Matthews.

“I can’t imagine that anyone looks at their Cheeto closely enough to see that,” Matthews said. “I eat mine way too fast.”

Apparently, Bell isn’t the only person to eat Cheetos slowly enough for a divine experience. In the past 15 months, there have been media reports about similar finds by a Missouri woman and a Houston man.

“God is probably wherever you want to find God,” said the Rev. Diana Holbert, pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Old East Dallas. “It seems like a little bit of a waste of time, but who am I to judge?”

You can read the rest here.

We’ve been down this road before. Just last week it was the Virgin Mary coffee stain spotted by a Jewish reporter who was boxing up his desk. I actually agree that Cheesus is shaped like a person. But there is nothing messianic about it, no reason to believe that the Cheeto resembles Jesus and not an unknown person from history who had long hair and was found of wearing a robe. But, as the pastor said, “God is probably wherever you want to find God.”

(Hat tip: Holy Weblog)

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