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July 04, 2006



I am in support of the statue. This is what's wrong with America today. Instead of
viewing the Statue of Liberation, as it is called, as
a sign that America needs to turn to God in their
troubling times, we start talking and nagging about
how much the statue costs. I don't see anyone
complaining about the Buddha on Mendenhall, like
everybody on this blog is complaining about the
replica of the Statue of Liberty in front of a church.
Why, should you worry about how much a man of God
spends on a symbol asking to bring God into the
presence of a community that is losing its value? I
believe that the Statue of Liberation is the best
thing for the Hickory Hill community, not shops that
will probably leave, due to the rising crime rates,
over the years. Apostle A.R. Williams did the right
thing by placing that Statue in the center of the
Hickory Hill Community. If people look beyond the
materialistic things this man has, and stop thinking
about how much something costs, you can open your eyes
and find the TRUE Christian in you, and say this man
is right. America belongs to God, always has and
always will, thus the cross in the hand. The tablet
represents the 10 Commandments the tear is showing
Lady Liberty is upset at what she sees in this
country. Why must everyone knock on a statue that
represents the will of God, but you can't complain
about a big Buddha? Maybe the Buddha is in the wrong
location? But, I do know one thing, every time
something Godly is erected, people talk. They talk
because they, themselves are not right with our Lord
and Savior. They talk because every time they pass
this busy intersection, they are reminded that God is
over this country and us. So, anybody that made
comments about how A.R. Williams is wasting money and
doesn't deserve to live in his 1.4 million dollar home
or anything about his finances, is jealous because
they haven't received their blessings from the Lord.
I truly must say as well, he doesn't require his
members to send in a tax form to see how much they can
tithe, for the Bible says, and I'm paraphrasing, every
man should bring their money to the storehouse and
every time you receive any monetary funds, you should
always set aside 10% to the Lord. Maybe if people
weren't so concerned about A.R. Williams and what he
should do for the community, because that is not his
job, for his name is not Mayor Herenton...separation
of church and state, may I mind you, if you want to
get political with it, they should be concerned about
getting themselves right because judgment day is upon
us. Oh, and to the comment about Apostle helping
people out with jobs, if you attended his church for a
Sunday and stop assuming, you will know that he post
job openings for his members inside the church. In
essence, get yourself right with God and stop worrying
about how another man spends his BLESSINGS that God
has poured down on him. I leave you with this, if you
die tonight, will Heaven be your home? Thank you and
God bless.


WOW! Is all I can say to that.

Really, though, I hate that I cannot see the pic of the statue or even be at home at this moment to get a glimpse of it. From the description...I'm a little shocked and even a little disappointed. I remember having a conversation with Jackie who's been boycotting the King Museum downtown for...forever it seems...about how more money is pumped into monuments than into restoring and uplifting the community.

I think after being shocked, my next reaction is that I'm offended somewhat. Maybe that's because I haven't yet seen the statue. Will this spark the "right" kind of talk about Christ? I mean, what would be the first things that come to the minds of those driving by the church? I can see some children maybe saying 'wow, mommy, look at that.' Or maybe I could see someone saying, 'World Overcomers sure does have a nice statue outside their church.' Or maybe someone might say that church sure is full of itself and is into "show." I mean, how much talk is really going to be sparked about Christ in comparison to the talk about the statue? I guess the statue could possibly lead to talk about Christ.

This kind of worries me. I could almost cry because to me it seems churches are getting further and further away from Christ. Of course, I do think that the church should evolve in certain ways...but...

I leave you with the words of one of my favorite artists, Kahlil Gibran. In Sand and Foam, he wrote: “Once every hundred years, Jesus of Nazareth meets with the Jesus of Christianity in a secluded garden in the hills of Lebanon. And talk long; and each time Jesus of Nazareth goes away, saying to Jesus of the Christian, ‘My friend, I fear we shall never, never agree.’ ”


In response to another comment, I think that initially there were complaints about the Buddha being erected on Mendenhall. In terms of the controversy surrounding the Buddha and that of the Statue of Liberation, I think a major difference is that the Buddha is in a private yard of a person and not that of an organization. Since that statue was used, though, I might ask how much conversation/interest has that one sparked in Buddhism?

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