So Jesus is a tourist attraction. One that will attract more tourists than a racetrack or golf course. At least that is the opinion of the folks in Swiebodzin, Poland. According to a news report, this town of 21,000 is nearing completion on a 108 foot statue of Jesus. With additional height added by a base and the crown of thorns, this statue will be the largest Jesus statue in the world. It will surpass the ones in Rio de Janeiro and in Bolivia.
For some it is a symbol of gratitude to God. Yet here is what one local official recently said,
If we had opened a racetrack or a golf course here, tourists would have come only for the season. But with a statue of Jesus the season will last the whole year.
I’m not sure this is what Jesus had in mind when he said,
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
(John 12:32 ESV)
But let’s apply this to our own lives. Do we do things which should be motivated by gratitude to God, but instead are our attempts to profit for ourselves?