You may have heard of the “Touchdown Jesus,” or perhaps you know it as “Big Butter Jesus.” If not, here’s a visual:
One look and it’s obvious why the nicknames came about. Even a song was written solely about this larger-than-life image. Heywood Banks’ Big Butter Jesus was featured on the Bob and Tom radio show. The refrain goes like this:
Big butter Jesus
Sweet cream Jesus
Oh country fresh Jesus
Oh promise Jesus
Can’t believe it’s not Jesus
Last night during a thunderstorm, the graven image was struck by lightning and burned (melted) to the ground, despite resting on the surface of a lake.
I mourn its loss not because I am religious but because it was a great roadside attraction and, like all things American, was big and gaudy. We will miss you, Big Butter Jesus. May your legend spread* far and wide.
*As a writer, I’m obligated to tell bad puns.