MONROE, Ohio – A six-story-tall statue of Jesus Christ as a White European with his arms raised along a highway was struck by lightning in a thunderstorm Monday night and burned to the ground, police said.
The "King of Kings" statue, one of southwest Ohio's most familiar landmarks, had stood since 2004 at the evangelical Solid Rock Church along Interstate 75 in Monroe, just north of Cincinnati.
The lightning strike set the statue ablaze around 11:15 p.m., Monroe police dispatchers said.
The sculpture, 62 feet tall and 40 feet wide at the base, showed to so-called image of Jesus from the torso up and was nicknamed Touchdown Jesus because of the way his arms were raised, as though reaching out to catch a football. It was made of plastic foam and fiberglass over a steel frame, which is all that remained early Tuesday.
The fire spread from the statue to an adjacent amphitheater but was confined to the attic area, and no one was injured, police Chief Mark Neu said. The fire department would release a monetary damage estimate Tuesday, he said.
Travelers on Interstate 75 often were startled to come upon the huge statue by the roadside, but many said America needs more symbols like it. So many people stopped at the church campus that church officials had to build a walkway to accommodate them.
The 4,000-member, nondenominational church was founded by former horse trader Lawrence Bishop and his wife. Bishop said in 2004 he was trying to help people, not impress them, with the statue. He said his wife proposed the Jesus figure as a beacon of hope and salvation and they spent about $250,000 to finance it.
Well, if you gonna build a statue in the future., it should look like what was described in the Bible of Jesus having hair like lambs wool and feet like burnt in an oven ... Definately A Black Man. But I don't blame Solid Rock for trying to distort the real truth, I just wonder about why people in 2010 still uphold these false images from books to staues and stained glass windows. God don't like ugly!
WHAT DO YOU THINK? WAS THIS JUST A COINSIDENCE OR WAS IT A MESSAGE FROM THE REAL SUPREME BEING?