By now, if you live anywhere near Ohio, you'd have to be living under a rock if you haven't heard that the butter-colored statue of Jesus with his arms raised (as if he were calling a touchdown) has burned down.
The statue itself was so unusual that it attracted a lot of attention, even before it burned down. It was oddly disproportionate with arms that were too long (apparently due to a manufacturing error), an odd buttery color, and just too large to believe. It was the brunt of jokes and more than one very funny video (as long as you have a sense of humor about such things).
To have the statue be struck by lightening and burn down was just the icing on the cake. Butter cream icing, I'm sure.
Some people got angry about the "Big Butter Jesus" video. I say get a life, because they weren't making fun of Jesus, they were laughing at the sheer enormity of the statue.
Well, now we find out that not only did they make it of hundreds of tons of steel (which is a great attractor of lightning) but then covered it in materials that were apparently very flammable. What were they thinking? I mean, really!
The post-fire remains are odd, too. Frankly, it's amazing it wasn't hit by lightning before this. Supposedly it did have lightning rods, but they failed. Hmmm .... I guess when God wants to hit something with a few million volts, it's going to be hit. Period.
You can find Jesus statues all over, and a lot of them are odd in some way ... disproportionate, oddly posed, made of unusual materials or just so big that it boggles the mind. This one was particularly mind-boggling, given the position of the arms, which lent itself to so very many jokes (see video for a selection).
If anyone doesn't think God has a sense of humor, they need to take a step back and really look at this situation! God most definitely has a sense of humor ... where do you think WE got it?
Funny video "Big Butter Jesus":
Short video of the statue burning from YouTube: