Someone decapitated Jesus in Indianapolis, and walked off with his head.
For the second time in as many weeks, members of the Cottage Avenue Pentecostal Fellowship found their statue of Jesus Christ without a head on Sunday.
Pastor Brad Flaskamp told the Indianapolis Star a parishioner who donated the sculpture that sits in front of the century-old church had just finished fixing the head from a week before, when someone knocked Jesus’ block off and left it lying beside the statue.
In the most recent incident, the culprit took the concrete cranium.
“It makes me sad that somebody would do something like that,” Flaskamp told Fox 59. “I was hoping it was just a random act to destroy it in the first place.”
The Jesus statue has greeted the congregation for the last four or five years, he said, and it’s unclear why it’s recently drawn unwanted attention. Indianapolis Metropolitan Police are investigating the incident, which was reported to the FBI, Sgt. Kendale Adams told the Star.
“It is a difficult case to investigate,” Adams told Fox 59. “However, our detectives are very good about trying to connect the dots and get information from those in the community.”
Adams said a nearby homeowner has a security camera that covers the statue, but it was not installed until just after the second incident.
It’s unclear whether the incidents are considered a hate crime, but Flaskamp and others at the church believe the vandal is obviously struggling with issues.
“I kind of think it’s someone new in the neighborhood that’s got some really deep problems,” church secretary Sue Myers told Fox 59.
“I think it’s somebody that just has fun destroying other people’s things, honestly,” said her grandson, Tony Myers.
“Someone needs Jesus, that’s for sure,” Flaskamp said. “And not just his head, that’s the truth.”
Regardless, the task of beheading the God’s only son is no easy task.
“I can tell you that I don’t think it’s kids,” Flaskamp said. “It would have to be a kid that can wield a sledge hammer.”
The vandalism is only strengthening the church’s faith in God.
“Whatever they’re doing, they ain’t hurting God at all,” he said. “All it does is just make us more persistent. We’re just gonna rebuild it.”
In the meantime, church members are praying for the culprit, and offer acceptance and forgiveness if they come to the church to confess.
“I’d say we love you, we’d love to have the statue head back and we’d love to have you in our church,” Flaskamp said. “We’d welcome them, we’d forgive them. That’s what it’s all about.”