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Published:July 20th, 2008 10:00 EST
Church Plans To Mark Houston By Building Two Giant Crosses

Church Plans To Mark Houston By Building Two Giant Crosses

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Grace Community Church has unveiled a new fundraising campaign to finance two gigantic crosses to mark the entrances to Houston on IH-45. The planned crosses that could reach 200 feet and would dwarf the colossal Sam Houston statue in Huntsville (77 feet tall)."

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Grace Community Church has a legal right to build these colossal crosses on their property, but is it the moral thing to do?

I can`t imagine Jesus marking all the towns and villages where he ministered with symbols of his faith. The marks that he left behind where the people whose lives he changed.

These crosses are part of a campaign titled "Marking our City", the church has already rented billboards showing a giant cross over the Houston skyline.

My dog marks his territory by spraying urine around the perimeter of my property, and if another canine comes near he barks his head off. Houston is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and multi-religious city and it`s presumptuous of a Christian church to "mark it" as their own.

A cross is a very divisive symbol, and a giant cross shouldn`t greet visitors at the entrances to Houston. It`s not exactly putting out a welcome mat for people of other faiths or no faith.

America is not a Christian nation, Houston is not a Christian city, and Houston doesn`t deserve the ignominy of having two huge crosses at its entrances.

I hope Grace Community Church reconsiders its foolish plan to mark Houston with two jumbo crosses.