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Friday, November 05, 2010

How much is too much to spend on God?

Bill recently sent me an article on a $200,000 sculpture that was installed at Christian Family Church in Owatonna, MN.

The sculpture is called "The Coming King." It weighs 5,000 pounds. There are more impressive stats in the article if you care to read it, including their plans for a huge sculpture garden on the church's 22-acre campus.

What's amazing to me is that a small church in southern Minnesota just spent $200,000 on a sculpture!

And yet this sort of thing happens all the time and has been happening for hundreds of years, from Rome, Italy, to St. Paul, Minnesota.

Most of us probably agree that $200,000 spent on a sculpture isn't where Jesus would want us to spend our money. Yet when you look at the temple that Solomon built in the Old Testament, a $200,000 sculpture or even a basilica in St. Paul seems paltry!

So how much is too much to spend? How much should we materially show our love for God?

I don't think anyone has THE answer. They say that with some things, it's difficult to define what's wrong in words, but you know it when you see it. I suppose that's true of anything that boils down to being largely an issue of the heart.

With that in mind, that sculpture just looks wrong.



Anonymous eldusto declared,

I agree a church could find a better use of $200k than a sculpture.

The king in the sculpture looks familiar...

11/05/2010 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

All I see is the Burger King king. Ick.

A. Katie

11/05/2010 8:04 AM  
Blogger Joey declared,

Wow, I don't know how I didn't make the connection with the Burger King king. So wrong!

11/05/2010 10:19 AM  
Blogger Keithslady declared,

You're right, we can't know the motive of the heart. I have a tendency to overthink all of these sorts of decisions. However, some people had some criticism of the woman using the precious ointment on Jesus' feet. Maybe his answer (the poor will always be with you) meant 'not your business'. (I know, he also made a reference to him being there and now he's not physically here--we could go on and on.) Who knows, maybe they were given the money and it was conditional. Our church received a large donation once that was to be used for an organ. We could have easily argued that our piano was quite sufficient and the money should be spent in another way. But, it was the donor's decision. I'm just throwing out possibilities (maybe the donor was the sculptor's mother--there's something for the rumor train).

11/05/2010 1:24 PM  
Blogger Keithslady declared,

I actually thought it resembled the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz.

11/05/2010 1:25 PM  

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