At one time, the 47-story luxury IN TEMPO tower in Benidorm, Spain, was billed as the tallest residential building in the European Union. Designed by Spanish architects, the 700-foot skyscraper was planned to be an incredible addition to Spain’s Mediterranean Coast. Now it's become a national embarrassment. The New York Daily News pointed out the building is around 94 percent complete. But there’s a small problem with the giant structure.
Ironically, the biggest challenge facing the now infamous IN TEMPO tower isn’t the fact only 35 percent of the units have been sold, or that some construction workers went months at a time without being paid. The biggest concern is the fact their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top. I’m not making this up. The 47-floor structure actually has an elevator that only goes to the 20th floor.
According to reports, “Work on the towers began slowly, using methods reminiscient of ancient Egypt. A freight elevator wasn’t installed until the first 23 floors were already constructed. Before that, it had been all crane and legwork. And when the freight elevator was finally installed, it collapsed, injuring 13 workers.”1
WORLD magazine reported the architects didn’t realize their mistake until it was only two months away from completion. They were fired and new architects are working to come up with a solution.2
How does something like that happen? How in the world could something like that happen and no one catch it? Someone forgot to inspect what they expected. Even in the church, where we are prone to believe the best and expect the best, if we don’t pay careful attention to what’s being done, who’s doing it and how they’re doing it, we can wind up paying a high price.
Solomon said, “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds.” Paul gave similar advice when he said, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood” (Acts 20:28).
The folks in Spain would’ve profited from the simple, yet strategic and powerful words of Jesus when He said, “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he had enough to complete it?” (Luke 14:28)
Accountability is great for everyone except those who don’t want it. They don’t want to be held accountable or run from it because they have something to hide. In that case, you’d be better off to stay as far away from them as you can because ...
... their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top.
© 2013. Barry L. Cameron.
2WORLD Magazine, 7 Sept. 2013, pg. 18
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Today, more than 8,000 people call Crossroads their church home. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.