20 April 2009
"what is $190 million to the author of all life and existence?" and other pertinent questions inspired by christ the light cathedral
What does $190 million buy you these days? For a few folks in Oakland, California, $190 million buys you one brilliant church - Christ the Light Cathedral. Well, the physical building anyway.
(Link to details/slideshow...)
So the questions are these…
(Scratching at the telephone pole protruding directly from my retina…)
Am I a hypocrite if I lament this church but not all expensive buildings (that is to say that if this were a concert hall or soccer stadium, I would probably applaud)...?
Would a $2 million dollar structure have been any more or less pleasing to the Creator of the Universe?
What is $190 million to the author of all life and existence?
And does God really care about how much a building costs – as if money was a big concern for the Almighty?
Is God pleased that artists labored to show their love for Him or is their labor idolatry in itself?
Is this different than a starving artist painting a representation of God in her loft, exhausting all of her savings for the supplies?
As much as any recent post, I am anxious to see what turns up in the comments here...