The six story "Touchdown Jesus" (as it is known to us locals) was struck by lightening and burned to the ground.
Although it was built in 2004 it seems like it had been there forever waving at us as we cruised up I-75.
The church says they they are going to rebuild. This makes me and mommy so ticked off. Why? Read on:
Taken from wcpo.com "Darlene Bishop, wife of Solid Rock Church Pastor and Founder Lawrence Bishop, said she was grateful that none of the firefighters was hurt.
“We don’t grieve over fiberglass,” Bishop added. Instead, she asked others to remember flooding victims in Arkansas and Oklahoma or the people of the Gulf Coast affected by the ongoing oil spill."
She then goes on to say that the church plans to rebuild the Jesus statue to the tune of another quarter of a million dollars... "The first Jesus was resurrected in three days. It's going to take us a little longer than three days but he will be back. He's like the Terminator. He's coming back," said Pastor Bishop"
So, if we understand this correctly, they are aware of the suffering and distress going on, and still choose to waste a quarter of a million dollars on that stupid thing.
We have to ask "What Would Jesus Do?"