“This Means Something”

“This means something.  This is important.”  So said Roy Neary in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.  He was right.  But what does this mean?

Anything?  Nothing?  Some things are still considered acts of God; hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, lightning, etc.  It’s all over the Internet, but just in case you’ve been hibernating, your power’s been out, or perhaps you’re a long-haul truck driver that just got in, what you’re looking at is the 62′ statue King of Kings.  The statue was completed in 2004 on the site of the Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio.  It was highly visible even while speeding by on the Interstate.  On Monday night the statue, molded styrofoam  over a steel frame, was stuck by lightning and quickly burned down.  Hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage was done to the church’s amphitheater, seen behind the statue.

Is this God’s judgement for building a 62′ styrofoam Jesus, or an attack of Satan against the church?  Or maybe when you put up anything 60 feet high made of steel in a state as flat as Ohio it is going to be struck by lightning.

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2 thoughts on ““This Means Something”

  1. I’m not sure whether getting struck by lightning was judgment or attack, but the aftermath of it being destroyed has certainly brought on a lot of attack. I’ve read a lot of comments where the basic premise was, “See, Christianity is stupid because if God were real he wouldn’t have let this happen” but not necessarily in those words (although pretty close sometimes).

    While I think it is silly and probably unwise to have invested so much money and time into a gaudy statue, I don’t think it’s being destroyed is of any consequence to God’s existence. But I guess Satan would want you to think otherwise.

    And, having read some of the (creepy!) comments from people involved who held this statue in too high of esteem, maybe it is God’s judgment on making a physical idol of His Son, especially one so expensive where the money could have been spent better elsewhere.

    Hmm… either way, I’m kinda over it. God is sovereign, knew this would happen, and can use this event for however He wills.

  2. I’ve seen comments from church members like “our Lord and Savior is gone. Just gone.” You know the statue has been up since 2004, and gets a lot of attention. You can see it form I-75 and all over the Internet. It is quite possible that it was originally constructed for all the right reasons, but many were attracted to that church for the wrong reasons. How many people joined Solid Rock Church because Jesus is there? Perhaps something to consider when rebuilding/ not building. Then again, some churches don’t care why people are there as long as they’re there.

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