A statue of the crucifixion has been taken down from its perch on a church in Sussex because it was scaring local children and deterring worshippers, a vicar admitted today.
The Rev Ewen Souter, the vicar at St John's Church in Horsham, West Sussex, ordered the removal of the 10-foot sculpture of Jesus on the cross just before Christmas, branding it "unsuitable" and "a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering"."We're all about hope, encouragement and the joy of the Christian faith. We want to communicate good news, not bad news, so we need a more uplifting and inspiring symbol than execution on a cross."
I think they fell off the spiritual turnip wagon a few turns ago.
If there is no pain, no agony, no suffering, if Jesus shuffled off his mortal coil with a song in his heart and feeling light as a feather then it doesn't mean anything.
Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?
That a man died in the worst way possible, utterly alone and bereft of hope, died in pain and knowing that God had - however briefly - turned his face away ... hey guess what?
That is the Good News because he did it for you.
Not acknowledging this, treating your parishioners as if they were especially stupid children .. well you might as well be running some kind of social club and not wanting to offend any of the patrons.
But then we're talking about the Anglican Church, so I guess that's pretty much right.