The Loudmouth Protestant

June 15, 2010

Big Butter Jesus Meltdown

Filed under: Jesus,recent news — nickisym @ 12:19 pm
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Last night, after being struck by lightning, a 62-foot Jesus burned to the ground leaving nothing but the dusty remains of plastic foam and fiberglass in its wake.  The statue was built as a “beacon of hope and salvation” at the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. And now it’s just a tragic reminder to invest a little bit more in big Jesus statues, or, maybe don’t invest anything at all in big Jesus statues because these are recessionary times and who in the world spends $250,000 on a Jesus statue when you probably have a church where at least 25% of your congregation is unemployed or  underemployed? What sense does it make to rebuild that statue and then be in the pulpit talking about, “Please give to the “building the big Jesus statue fund”?” No sense at all. (Granted, sources say that the statue was financed through earmark donations, not general church finds. But really? You got earmark donations for a giant Jesus statue for your church? Not a billboard, not advertisements, not even a cross, but a big Jesus?)

Could it be that the burning down of the statue is a sign that that church, and maybe us as the church universal, need to stop wasting money on frivolous things. I know it seems really crazy to say a huge statue of Jesus is frivolous, but honestly, I don’t think Jesus would be okay with a church spending that much money on a statue of Him when they could use that money to do “greater works”. The statue of Jesus that can be seen from the Interstate is not “greater works”. At least, I’m not certain it is the greater works He was referring to.

Anyways, I’m not going to ramble on about this. I might be alone on this matter and others might think this is a national tragedy. I just wonder if this strikes anyone else as slightly strange and unusual?



  1. Spending that much on a statue is teetering on the edge of worshiping an idol. With that much invested, you start to become more entranced with the statue then the spirit of Jesus himself.

    Comment by Kristen Jason — June 15, 2010 @ 1:52 pm | Reply

  2. This Is The Reason Why-! 10 Commandments: Commandment 1: You shall have NO other gods before ME-! You shall not make unto you any GRAVEN IMAGE, of anything, that is in Heaven above, that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters under neath the earth. You shall not bow down to them, nor serve them. — Now, every Religious authority upon earth has deliberately violated the 1st Commandment, to the disdain of the LORD OF HOSTS, and the people upon earth are following these religious authorities straight to HELL. So Sad,…..

    Comment by jjoshuajj21 — June 15, 2010 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  3. Great points, and a few others to consider.
    Do we really think that Jesus actually looked like this?
    Does this kind of statue actually represent “Idolatry”? Lastly, is it possible that The Lord decided to clean up the neighborhood and remind people of what He said about idol worship and He did so using a lightning bolt.
    Perhaps this is a “wake up” call for all to see??? Hmmmm

    Comment by PJ — June 16, 2010 @ 9:05 am | Reply

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