Wearing Crosses

“Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society.”

Here are my thoughts.

Catholics make more of objects than most other “Christians,” it was a major focus of Reformation movements, in fact. The cross has become the official symbol of Christianity and insinuates a belief.

Unfortunately, many who wear crosses live contrary to all the cross stands for. I doubt having more crosses around people’s necks will un-marginalize religion.

I do not wear crosses, never have and don’t plan on starting, that I know of. It’s an interesting issue.

What thinkest thou?

One thought on “Wearing Crosses”

  1. “…the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

    The cross as the Romans and Jews used it against Christ, was not foolishness to them. They thought it was the best way to deal with Him. The sacrifice of others to further their own plans and ideas made perfect sense to them.

    But this was not the message in the cross of Christ. Therefore, we have two crosses being spoken of here, and two messages.

    The cross of Christ stood for death to the flesh, death to sin, death to pride, death to human plan-making and complete resignation to the will of the Father. It means confessing that man’s highest attainment is to bow at the foot of Christ’s cross and admit that he is worthless clay, and that any goodness that is in him must come from outside of himself.

    This means counting awards, honors, flatteries, proud attainments…as dung. Which is what the apostle called his fleshly inheritance and attainments.

    The Reformers understood this principle, for their confession of Christ’s gospel meant putting their fleshly life on the line. This was a personal cross, involving their own death. Confessing Christ meant putting themselves at a great disadvantage in the world. They considered it a worthy exchange.

    The other cross, is the Roman cross. It was the punishment doled out to those who were considered criminals, or enemies of the state. Caiaphas stated this principle very clearly when he said, “it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.” John 11:50. Caiaphas had no faith in Christ, or submission to His Gospel, but he understood very well the principle that one should die for others…as long as it wasn’t him that was doing the dying. This cross means self-preservation, at any cost to the others.

    Building a huge cathedral, full of man’s glory and pride, and then sticking a cross on the top of it, is simply declaring that the religion represented by such a building is the Roman kind…death to others to preserve my own dignity and honor. Which is exactly how those large denominations behaved when they were threatened by any new reformation or revival of primitive godliness.

    It’s the same with dangling a cross-like piece of jewelry around the neck. The wearer declares that their gospel means the preserving and adorning of their flesh, and it’s wonderful talents and gifts, at the expense and sacrifice of the Maker of the universe. Is it any wonder that this is a very pleasing and popular gospel?

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