Transcending above the crowns of cabbage palms and dwarfing Loxahatchee’s tallest pine is “Cell Phone Tower Jesus”. Cell phone towers do this all the time, rise above our natural environment but this tower is a little different.
This large cell tower touches something inside of me and its not spiritual, There are many large crosses’ in the world so it can’t be the fact that it is just a cross. One friend of mine mentioned that the cross in relation to the building is out of scale and that may be the crux of my dismay with the cross. But I think it goes deeper than that.
This tower signals a message that’s a little murky, and I think this is whats got me…Here is an example, While said person is parked at red light, said person looks at tower(cross), said person says prayer to tower(cross) asking for forgiveness, another said person just used said person’s t-mobile and makes a call to said person’s favorite strip club. Call from said person’s t-mobile bounces off church’s 100 ft t-mobile tower(cross). We know strip club got the message and we hope Jesus got the message. The multi-tasking of the tower(cross) is whats got me. It is not wrong but its kind of like sticking your chewed gum under a table or wearing yesterday’s underwear.
Religion is big business, Cell Phones are big business, the two collide like an atom splitter. Mail your donations to the church use a .45 cent Forever Stamp. Your bank makes money off your account, especially if you bounce your church offering. Go to the jewelry store buy a $300.00 white silver cross, sell it 3 years later at the pawn shop for fifty bucks to pay for your bounced check fees.
Religion sells renewal and if renewal is what your looking for you can find it out in nature, along a mountain peak, running stream, the smell of leaves. You don’t have to pay for it. As author Harry Crews wrote in his book Celebration, “last time I checked God didn’t have an address”
Author’s note…we also pay the federal, local, and state governments in the form of taxes to take care of our parks and pay property tax on privately owned property, so again we buy renewal-sort of-. Renewal without user fees may be hard to find.
Open Space Restoration combines nature with fiction, so to get the most out of each writing here is a brief trackline: this is non-fiction