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Touchdown Jesus Statue

Updated on June 20, 2010

Symbolism or Idolatry?

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Exodus 20.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4.

18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John 1.

29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. Acts 17.

There were many casualties resulting from the severe storm that ripped through the Greater Cincinnati area and parts of Kentucky on the night of June 14th. Numerous power outages, tornado sightings, damaging winds, but the casualty that brought the most notoriety involved the destruction of a massive bust of Jesus Christ outside the Solid Rock Church complex located near  I-75 in Monroe, Ohio, between Cincinnati and Dayton.

The 62 foot high, 40 foot wide statue which graced the front entrance of the 4,000 member church was struck by lightning and went up in flames, leaving bits and pieces of the outside material surrounding the metal skeleton.

The colossal bust of Christ was originally christened the King of Kings Statue, but with its arms raised in fashion like a football referee’s touchdown sign, was known as "Touchdown Jesus". I’m sure to non-football enthusiasts such as myself, the statue was lifting its hands toward heaven in reverence to the Father. I don’t know where the name Touchdown Jesus came from, but I find it blasphemous, and disrespects the Name of Christ.

God is against the creation of any representation of Himself as evidenced in the above passages.

Exodus 4:20 is actually the Second Commandment. Since man does not know what God looks like, conversely, any image of Him would be created out of the artist’s imagination, and does not present His actual likeness. The consequence for such an act was a painful lesson that Moses’ brother Aaron and certain that took part in the Exodus had to learn, when they created the molten calf to represent the Lord God. (See Exodus Chapter 32)

To my knowledge, the only artifact that represented God in which He approved of was the Ark Of The Covenant. It was adorned with the Mercy Seat, flanked on either side by Cherubims, and housed the tablets written with the Ten Commandments. This artifact was made famous in the 1981 film Raiders of The Lost Ark, starring Harrison Ford. Yet there was no image of God on the Mercy Seat.

God is a Spirit, and cannot be portrayed in any form; either animal or human, whether sculpted from stone or painted on canvas, and since we live in a society that thrives on worshipping icons, whether animal, human or otherwise -- to worship God in this manner is not only error, but idolatry.

The same applies to likenesses of Jesus. I don’t believe there’s anyone around today that can give an accurate description of Christ -- if there were then why do the images of him differ from artist to artist and from culture to culture? I believe that we shouldn’t focus so much on what he looked like then, but on what he looks like now,

because when he returns, I for one want to recognize him.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1John 3.

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