Purple church in Middleburg called “visual terrorism”

August 3rd, 2011 by Staff

jacksonville.com– A letter sent today to Clay County Commissioner Ronnie Robinson and the Clay Sun decries as “visual terrorism” the new color scheme of a church located at the heavily traveled intersection of County Road 220 and Russell Road in Middleburg.

Resurrection Christian Life Center, which recently moved from Loch Rane Boulevard in Orange Park, repainted its new home purple with yellow trim.

“There is no way to describe our dismay … What county department would allow this to happen? What county resource can we, as citizens, use to protest this public abomination, a visual terrorism if you will. Traffic was almost at a standstill this morning as people gawked with what we assume to be disbelief at this eyesore,” Marty Dowling of Middleburg said in the letter”

Friends and neighbors from surrounding neighborhoods echoed his concerns, he said.

“The Eagle Harbor or Fleming Island Plantation communities would never allow this to be done in or around its district, so we would like to know what ordinances they use to prevent this from happening, and why does it not apply to our area?

“This is a freak show in plain sight of all that pass. What a joke … We attempt to keep our property values as high as the economy will allow and then some religious group moves in and destroys it with an outlandish paint scheme that would be better served on the inside of the church than the outside. What recourse do we have against this?” he said in the letter. “What are these people thinking?”

I called the church, got a voice mail and left a message. I also left a message for Commissioner Robinson at his office.

A Saturday entry on the church’s Facebook page said, “Thanks to all who came out to support the transition clean/set up … Our labor is not in vain. It looks beautiful!!!!!!!!!!”

Traditionally, churches have used the color purple for Advent. But do an online search on the spiritual meaning of purple in religion and you will get a variety of answers: pain and suffering, royalty and celebration of Christ’s resurrection and sovereignty.

Readers, what do you think of the purple church?

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