Tuesday, 02 October 2012
As a kid growing up in midwestern Ohio, our trips south on I-75 were dotted with many landmarks. There were exits to take to see friends
and family, barns painted with funny phrases, and, of course, there was Big Butter Jesus.
Just outside Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, there stood King of Kings, a gigantic bust of Jesus over 50 feet tall reaching up into the air. Some called him Touchdown Jesus or High-Five Jesus. There were internet memes dedicated to him, and the song "Big Butter Jesus" by Haywood Banks was written in his honor.
But in June of 2010, King of Kings melted to the ground. That is to say, he went up in a blaze of glory. Who would have thought the material he was constructed of was highly flammable and that a lightning strike to his internal steel core would ignite him and turn him into ash? It was actually a really sad day for a lot of us Ohioans, because that statue was legendary, and his demise will live on in infamy.
But Solid Rock Church didn't let that stop them from rebuilding, and this week they dedicated a new and improved -- and non-flammable -- full-bodied Jesus statue overlooking I-75.
He's been dubbed Hug Me Jesus, as he reaches out to highway drivers several yards away, and he received standing ovations at his dedication Sunday evening. His real name is Lux Mundi, which means Light of the World. According to the Dayton Daily News, sculptor Tom Tsuchiya chose the name Lux Mundi because "it sounded cool."
Of course, what statue dedication would be complete without some protestors? A small group of men protested just outside the event and called themselves The Watchmen. They shouted on megaphones about idolatry and the second commandment.
What is your favorite Jesus statue? What do you think of the new statue at Solid Rock Church?