Archive for January 24th, 2009
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I am personally not a very religious person. I am also not ant-religion. However, I do get offended and a little worried when a particular church proclaims that the city I live in is theirs.
Just north of Houston, Texas is the Grace Community Church. It is your average megachurch, except for a peculiar billboard next to the freeway. On this billboard is a picture of a large cross and the proclamation:
Marking our city
After staring at this billboard everyday while I am stuck in traffic, I decided to check out what exactly they mean by “marking our city.” I had assumed that they were talking about their complex of church buildings. They aren’t. The city in question is actually Houston itself.
Their intentions can be found on the church’s website. They are planning on building two 150-foot tall crosses, one on each side of Houston on I-45. According to the website (emphasis mine):
These will stand as a proclamation of the Grace of God over Houston with a prayer tower inviting people to pray for God to move in our city
There is also a quote from Lou and Paula Gallardo (could this be the guy from Amerisciences?) that says:
A cross at each end of the city is a great dream and will draw people to God in an unprecedented way. I want Houston to be marked for God.
I know I am making a mountain out of a mole hill, but it still bothers me. The assumption that everyone in the city believes the same as they do disturbs me. Or worse, they know that others don’t think the same, but they don’t care or they want to convert the nonbelievers.
More information can be found here.