One of last week’s more bizarre news stories was the destruction by lightning of the huge Touchdown Jesus statue that dominated a church campus in Cincinnati.
As other bloggers have pointed out, this event puts Christians who interpret natural events as signs of a supernatural being’s approval or displeasure in an awkward position. Was the lightning strike an act of god’s judgment, his seal of disapproval? The church affected doesn’t seem to think so, as the congregation intends to rebuild the statue. This time it will be fireproof.
Another, seemingly unrelated, story occurred just a few days before lightning struck: a federal court upheld a ban on ten commandments displays in two Kentucky courthouses.
Ho-hum. Another ten commandments case. That’s hardly news.
Unless one finds a connection between Touchdown Jesus and the ten commandments:
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image.
If that’s the case, then it should be obvious to Christians that Touchdown Jesus had to go and he has to stay down. No rising from the
dead ashes for this Jesus.
On the other hand, maybe the lightning strike was just an example of, as the Good Book says, god sending rain on the just and the unjust. Shit happens, and it can happen to anyone, because god pisses on (and electrocutes) everyone equally.
Or, maybe it was just a random natural event.
– the chaplain