‘God works in mysterious ways.’ I detest that statement, but it ‘fits’ the story of the up-in-flames Jesus statue on I-75 near Cincinnati. The insurance report will conclude on the $300,000 claim that the cause of loss was ‘an act of god.’ Lightening to be exact.
Jesus burns to death! What was that first Moses commandment again? You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
Lightening- an act of God.
But wait! The evangelical Solid Rock [too bad the statue was fiberglass] Church intends to reform [no not reform, but re-form] the Jesus statue so that all those travelling on I-75 can once more be startled to witness the sight of an enormous blazing white, bearded man rising from a pool of water.
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.
What can one deduce from that lightening strike- that ‘act of God’? For the bible-thumpers, maybe something about graven images perhaps? Or that God didn’t think that the statue bore any resemblance to ‘his son’?
For the non-believer, that ‘act of God’ opens the door to lots of speculation and knife-whetting, none the least of which may, in fact, be the phrase itself.
Whatever, it was a most curious ‘event’ no matter what/who was the causal agent. What’s that other line from the NT about destruction and rebuilding? “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
Well, not three days, but soon says the pastor. Way too soon for lots of people!