Following all the discussion about the last two days posts, it reminded me of the huge statue I saw of Jesus this summer. This sweet piece of art and monumental tribute to our Lord and Savior is brought to you by Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio. This was designed and built by the same guy who sculpted the huge Neptune at Ceasar's Palace in Vegas (top notch). It is some 65 ft in the air and right off the highway as you head in or out of Cincinnati.

I get that they mean well and had only genuine intentions in constructing this, but...

...isn't this a lot of money that could have been spent doing something a little more productive? Is it me, or does this seem ridiculous to those outside our faith? How many people have come to know the Way of Jesus because of this freaking huge sculpture of him? I'm all for art and expression and creating things that make the world say, 'Wow!' but I don't think this is it.

Thoughts...

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Touchdown Jesus" is well known in southern Ohio - I would have loved to be in the room when this was decided.

Kevin Davis said...

Yeah - I forgot to put a link to a post by Jeff Boriss about Touchdown Jesus and the management meeting -

http://jeffboriss.typepad.com/thoughts_from/2007/10/touchdown-jesus.html

Ryan Billings said...

Then why is it that the Bengals and Browns still suck?

I think it's Field goal Jesus.

Ashley A said...

Completely ridiculous. I agree... this money could have been well spent sending members on mission trips, or giving back to the community in ways that speak louder than a 75 foot statue.

Kev - i hope you know that my last comment (on part 2) wasn't meant to give a guilt trip. I agreed with you on that subject too... just one of the many things the church needs to work on. I was just saying dont get frustrated... just laugh. And i was kinda responding to one person that had commented previously rather than you and everyone else. :)

Kevin Davis said...

Ashley - no worries. I was being sarcastic too.

And I get that it is a self serving critique of those people and the churches who seem so out of date - but that is just from my perspective. Obviously the church works for some people - different strokes for different folks - but in the grand scheme of carrying the name of Christ, we should do a better job of not being so weird (G-parents singing 'Ridin' Dirty' is weird, Nepoleon Dynamite dancing that's not meant to be funny is weird and a massive Jesus rising from a pond is weird).

Ryan - the Browns won last night and the Bengals tied - what now!

Ryan Billings said...

Actually, now that I look at it closely, I see that in reality it is just an advertisement for Subway!

Five dolla'... Five dolla', Footlongs!

Alexis said...

If I were a mamber of that church I would have fought against that funding, but you know...someone felt led or compelled or what not... and I can actually see being so moved by the greatness of God's love to want to build a monument...

It's strange and it makes me shrug...but, I dunno, I can't say it's wrong.

Nicole said...

I can see Alexis's point about someone feeling compelled, but... I'd love to know what that cost, and if particular donors in the church paid for it, or how it was done. With all the poverty today... (sigh)

Kevin Davis said...

I totally get Alexis' point too and I'm definitely not saying it is wrong for them to have done, but I do question it's value verse cost.

Some of the staff from my church community spoke at a conference in Florida earlier this year. The conference was all about planting churches. Well, the host church was going through a 70 million dollar renovation (yeah, renovation). I wouldn't say it is wrong for them to do, but I have serious reservations about renovating a building to the tune of 70 mill. Think how many other churches your could help or start with 70 million?

N8'sSpace said...

I was thinking of joining the church of satan...but then I saw this mighty statue, and I was saved just like that. Take me to the sweet baptismal waters..money well spent!

N8'sSpace said...

I was going to join the church of satan. Then I saw this statue and I was instantly saved. I would like to slide down the cross like a water slide...into those sweet baptismal waters.

Kevin Davis said...

Water slide Jesus is a much better idea! lol

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