It has been called “Touchdown Jesus,” "Big Butter Jesus," and “Quicksand Jesus.” On Monday, June 14th, 2010, the 62 foot representation of Jesus Christ was destroyed by an act of God, burning to the ground.
The icon which bears the official title of the “King of Kings,” was struck by lightning around 11:15 p.m. The thunderbolt, which also resulted in a fire in the adjacent Lawrence Bishop Music Theater, caused an estimated $700,000 worth of damage according to Monroe Fire Chief Mark Neu.
The 16,000 lb. wood and styrofoam sculpture which is reported to have cost $250000 to build, was designed for the Solid Rock Church in Monroe Ohio, by sculptor James Lynch, who also built a huge statue of the Roman sea god Neptune for the Caesar’s Palace Casino in Las Vegas.
Members of the 3,000 strong mega-church, are stunned. Kevin Jones who is member of the multi denominational church, is quoted as saying to WHIO TV in Dayton, "I'm thinking it's a sign from Jesus that we need to learn something, as Christians, as a whole, we're not doing something right,"
The Bible clearly agrees with Mr. Jones in unambiguous terms:
When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, and shall do evil in the sight of the LORD thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed.
Despite Biblical admonitions against it and the obvious sign that God was clearly not pleased with the idolatrous statue, church officials have vowed to rebuild it. There is little doubt that the funds to rebuild the sculpture will be easily obtained.
Christian America refuses to see the signs of an angry God. Can her destruction be far behind?