Ginormous Crosses a Message to Chattanooga Drivers

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Thousands of cars drive along Interstate 75 in Tennessee every day. Most of them are not even aware of what's on either side of the highway.

But now there is something they will not be able to miss.

Three giant crosses stand right next to the highway in Chattanooga, Tenn. The tallest one,125 feet high, is flanked by two 100-foot crosses.

The crosses are so big they required approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Transportation.

"I got the best view of it, so no, it don't bother me. It shouldn't really bother anybody I don't think," David Benton, a close neighbor, said.

But some residents were critical of the crosses and voiced their disapproval on Facebook.

Pastor Terry Harris, with The Crossing Church of God, said it's not the actual crosses they had an issue with, it's how much his church spent to build them. The project cost $700,000.

Critics argued that that money could have been spent on social causes. But Harris defended the church, saying only private money was used.

He pointed out that they already have ministries for the homeless and the hungry.

"What an opportunity to be able to get the message out to people that may never hear it," Harris said.

He said he sees a greater purpose in the crosses - for him it's about evangelism.

"To invest in somebody's eternity. People will ride this road whose hearts are breaking, whose lives are just falling apart. And if they see that, we're trusting that the Lord is going to speak to them and say there is help," he said. 

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