July 6, 2006

Church Spends $2.5 million on Christian Statue of Liberty

A church in Memphis, TN, erected a 72-foot-tall "Statue of Liberation" holding a cross. According to this report, the total cost of the statue was $2.5 million. "Instead of the inscription about giving the lady the tired and poor, there are Roman numerals for the Ten Commandments." (See this picture of the statue)

Christians are supposed to ask themselves, "What would Jesus do?" Would Jesus spend $2.5 million on a monument of Christian idiocy, or might he use it to help the poor?

The rationale provided by the church is simple: "Apostle Alton Williams -- the pastor of World Overcomers Outreach Ministries Church -- says people can't drive by the church without thinking of their relationship with God."

Was this the best way to spend this money? Was this even mildly consistent with the teachings attributed to Jesus?