Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Father, the Son, and the bolt 

Even if you are not a religious Christian, or at all superstitious, this can't be a good sign:
A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.

The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
I was going to ask rhetorically, "What are the chances of that?" but then I read further down in the story that this locally famous "Touchdown Jesus" statue was constructed of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, so I suppose the chances were actually pretty decent to get hit by a bolt of lightning from the heavens. Still, with Father's Day coming up, it seems to me that father-son relationships should be cast in a positive light this week.


By Anonymous Mr. Ed, at Tue Jun 15, 02:02:00 PM:

So who made the decision not to install lightening rod protection and what religion were they?


By Anonymous Christopher Taylor, at Tue Jun 15, 05:53:00 PM:

At least some Christians believe that physical depictions of Jesus are blasphemous, maybe God agrees.  

By Anonymous Lycidas, at Tue Jun 15, 11:32:00 PM:

Yeah. If you're God and you think the rendition is ugly, you have a few more tools to fix the problem than most of us do.  

By Blogger Cas, at Wed Jun 16, 10:36:00 AM:

Exodus 20:4-6 - "You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand {generations} of those who love me and keep my commandments."
That seems pretty clear to me, and I've never understood why many Christian sects do not adhere to this "guidance"...  

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