When I heard about this I felt I had to say something because it’s just too good to pass up. The irony of it alone makes it worthy of comment.
Around 11:15 last night, Monroe’s world famous landmark, the Church of the Rock’s 62-foot tall “King of Kings” statue (AKA Touchdown Jesus AKA Big Butter Jesus) was struck by lightning and burned.
I expected people to see this as a sign from God although I’m not sure everyone got the message.
Church members said the lightning strike and destructive fire stunned them. Many of them thought it was a sign they need to pay attention to.
“I’m thinking it’s a sign from Jesus that we need to learn something, as Christians, as a whole, we’re not doing something right.”
“It scares me, it really does, I think about what that symbolizes, to me that’s a sign and not a good one.”
According to the article on the WHIO web site, the structure’s outer shell was made of wood and Styrofoam, covered in fiberglass and resin, making it extremely flammable. (Essentially a giant Styrofoam-covered lightning rod.) Church officials said the statue “weighed eight tons, which is about 16,000 pounds.” (About 16,000 pounds?) When the statue was put in place in 2004, it cost $500,000 and about 8,000 man-hours in development and installation. [Monroe Fire Chief Mark] Neu said that church officials, “Plan to replace the statue, make sure they have back what they put up, that’s their intent, what they told me tonight.”
There must be better ways to spend half a million dollars and 8,000 man-hours doing God’s work. Perhaps God’s message here was to put that time and money into something that will benefit our fellow man. Feeding the hungry and sheltering the homeless immediately come to mind. You know, something that Jesus might have done with it instead of building a colossal flammable statue in His likeness.
Let’s close with the following…