The 39 foot statue of mother earth that was erected in my community in December has been taken down, along with the seven smaller statues at Mago Earth Park. As you can see, all that remains is the 10-foot pedestal.
I think Mago will be back up again, although perhaps in a different location. Ilchi Lee, the park's founder, aroused the ire of locals by erecting the statue before having full approval from the city planning and zoning department. He's learned that it's not always easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission. Mr. Lee also owns a lucrative network of yoga centers around the world, and some accuse him of using Mago as an advertisement tool for this business. So he will need to work more to show separation between his religious enterprises and his business enterprises.
But I think the best lesson we can all learn from this is that statues come down. History is littered with men trying to make a name for themselves through statues. Men like Nebuchadnezzar, Lenin, and Saddam. I pray that the statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il in North Korea fall soon.
Why do these men erect statues? Don't they realize that all statues fall?
Or perhaps an even better question is, why do people use statues in their worship? Why do our hearts prefer to worship a deity we make with our own hands, rather than the true and living God who made us?
Security has been defined as "structuring my life around what is eternal, and cannot be destroyed or taken away." In a way, you could say that the opposite of this is idolatry. Idolatry is basing your life on something that can be destroyed or taken away. The only thing really rock-solid is Jesus! As Hebrews 13:8 tells us, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
That name still lives and will live on forever,Here's a video I recorded yesterday discussing another aspect of idolatry.
While kings and kingdoms will forgotten be.
Through mist or rain, ’twill be beclouded never,
That name shall shine and shine eternally. (Oscar Eliason)