Newspapers recently carried the story of a streetlight that casts a shadow that many say resembles the image of Jesus Christ. The city of East Chicago has decided to turn off the light to discourage the hundreds of curious people who gather each evening to view it. Many see it as a safety hazard, several arrests were made, and a large fight broke out as a result of the policy. City leaders have spoken out that they respect people's religious beliefs, but cannot discount the danger involved. None of us are in a position to judge the decision of the city leaders and we might well see this phenomenon as an optical illusion. One thing we can say for sure is that the true light of Christ can never be switched off.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.