Someone recently sent me a story about a lawsuit that recently took place in the States. I must say, sometimes I am happy I live in Canada. Well except for the cold.
So sixty years ago the Knights of Columbus put up a memorial for people who died in the war, which included this statue of Jesus. The Freedom From Religion Foundation argued that the monument, which stands in the middle of Big Mountain ski resort in Whitefish, Montana could not be displayed on government-owned land. Well it turns out they lost and the Jesus statue which has been there, and has local history, beyond a religious symbol gets to stay.
Well of course there will be some people upset because they lost. Some will rejoice that this poor imitation made of concrete will remain. However, it is disturbing that our government’s resources, courts, and people’s hard earned money gets spent on such ridiculous arguments when there are such big issues in our world that we should be dealing with.
I do want to relieve some fear for people though. Of course there were people fighting about this for many reasons. I think fighting for our history, our past, our rights is extremely important. However, if the Freedom of Religion Foundation won this case they wouldn’t really have won. Yes a statue, that really doesn’t even resemble a historical Jesus, would have been removed. However, they are missing the most obvious thing.
This statue is on a mountain in Montana. It is beautiful. It is awe inspiring. Psalms 19 Starts with these words, ‘The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard.Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world.’
Yes a few status may get lost along the way but don’t worry we have a whole universe that declares the Glory of God. I think we are good.