Genesis 11:4 (NKJV) reads as follows:
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
Well perhaps you’ve heard about The Nazareth Cross:
The Nazareth Cross Project aims to build the world’s largest and most impressive cross, standing at 60 meters tall, housing a magnificent church in its center. The cross will be decorated by some 7.2 million brilliant mosaic tiles of varying sizes, each one with a personal engraving. These tiles will be made of stone from Nazareth, or platinum, silver or gold.
The breathtaking Church with its panoramic view will be located at the intersection of the arms of the cross, 15 stories high, and will contain over 400 m2 of floor space.
Words like “the world’s largest and most impressive cross, standing at 60 meters tall” sound an awful lot like “a tower whose top is in the heavens.” What should impress the Christian? Something he builds or the God who built him?
Also, who is the object of worship here?
Worship is an essential part of the Christian life. The breathtaking setting of the Church Within, located at the intersection of the arms of the cross, is 15 stories high and contains over 4500 square feet of floor space. This church will provide a stunning 360° panorama and an inspirational worship setting.
What exactly is “inspirational” about being fifteen stories high with a panoramic view? Stunning? Probably. Aesthetically pleasing? Sure. But the focus of those things is self, not God. As Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4, it’s not about where you worship, but how you worship. And if being fifteen stories up with a panoramic view makes you feel closer to God, I fear that your god may not be who you think he is.