The country of Venezuela definitely loves its Mary statues. The city of Trujillo claims the tallest statue of Mary in the world, the Virgen de la Paz (Lady of Peace), completed in 1983 and standing at 153 feet. Not to be outdone, the city of Barquisimeto has just unveiled its modernist monument to Mary, which stands at 200 feet high (see photo). Venezuela’s socialist government voted to fund the project as a goodwill gesture for its Catholic citizenship back when the price of oil was sky high and “life was good.” But with the recent collapse of oil prices and the Venezuelan economy in a tailspin the monument has turned into a political hot potato.
Bible-believing, evangelical Christians scratch their heads and wonder why there’s so much focus on Mary in Catholicism. Many see it as just a minor quirk that can be graciously overlooked. But Mary-worship is not even the most important difference between evangelical Christianity and Catholicism. Evangelicals believe in salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone while the Catholic church teaches salvation by sacramental grace and merit.
I’m not one to get caught up in apocalyptic, end-times prophecy but it’s not difficult to imagine how Mariolatry could play a significant part in the last days.
Our Lady of the Worthless Miracle
January 15, 2016