Anyone driving I-75 between Dayton and Cincinnati, Ohio has seen it. Even if you haven’t, you may have heard about it in the news a couple of weeks back. I’m talking about the 6-story high King of King’s Jesus statue at the Solid Rock Church, within easy viewing distance of the interstate. You may better know it as “Big Butter Jesus” or “Touchdown Jesus” for it’s iconic butter-looking texture and arms raised, reminiscent of a football referee’s signal for a touchdown. However, on the morning of June 15, this iconic statue is no more.
Early in the morning a lightning passed through the area. Lightning struck the giant statue and burned it to the ground, leaving only a charred metal frame. The total damage, including damage to the theater (and audio equipment inside) located right next to it, are are around $700,000. Originally the statue itself cost around $250,000 to complete. It was also insured for $500,000 (figure that one out).
“Big Butter” or “Touchdown” Jesus
Stick Figure Jesus
So what’s the plan? Rebuild the statue of course! At the tune of another $250,000 (or more, given minor inflation and sturdier construction materials), the King of Kings statue, part deux, will rise. Oh sure, you can start the cliches and analogies all you want, but just hold on to them for now. I’ll give you a couple reasons why rebuilding should stop. Now.
1.) The statue is nothing but a giant advertising tool. Given the fact this church can easily afford $250,000 shows this church has no problems with money. I’m all for churches being tax-exempt, as any place of worship should, however when a church is in the business of advertising and no longer non-profit, the IRS should really take a closer look. We make money, we pay taxes. Why should it be any different for them when they start spending their money on advertising? Which leads me to my next point…
2.) If they have the money, why not use it for something good? How about helping people out that need it, maybe sending groups down to the gulf to help out with various things (the oil spill has made us forget, but the place is still ravaged from Katrina in many places as well), setting up food kitchens, and possibly helping out the elderly in the church that may have troubles with medical bills. You know, things that churches used to (and are supposed to) do. And don’t give me that crap about “they earned it, it’s theirs to do whatever they want.” Churches don’t earn money, it’s given to them to do things like not build giant Jesus statues.
3.) Solid Rock Church’s pastor said the statue was a “beacon of hope” to others. Oh really? Flaunting your money instead of using it on something practical or meaningful is a beacon of hope? Sounds to me that the people they’re trying to reach are looking at the whole situation and laughing.
So there it is, like it or not, I don’t think this statue should be rebuilt. I even admit, I laughed a bit to myself when the whole situation happened. On a final note, anyone else find it funny and ironic that the insurance claim is going to include an “act of God” that destroyed the Jesus statue?
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