An unending list of hymns and songs have been sung, countless sermons preached, and a multitude of lessons taught about the cross. There are innumerable pictures, drawings, and versions of the cross. Crosses are placed on graves and buildings, hung on necklaces and other jewelry, raised on hills, properties, etc across our nation and perhaps others as well. The symbol of the cross was even painted on the shields of the crusaders fighting wars in the name of Christ.
It has been at the center of controversy, arguments, wars and so forth for countless years.
So I have, for a long time now, wondered if and when our views, thoughts, and symbols of the cross may cause it to become an idol.
In my estimation, we have put the cross on a pedestal and worship ‘it’ rather than, Jesus Christ, the one who died for mankind’s sins. In so doing, the cross becomes an enigma, a misrepresentation, and a hindrance to furthering the good news of salvation in Him.
Just because it is worn, adorns a building, raised, or placed somewhere the cross cannot save us nor protect us from calamity as so many folks seem to believe.
There have been too many souls lost to the enemy because of the senseless attitude of so-called ‘Christians’ who take affront every time there is a furor concerning a cross.
I believe we must reflect Jesus Christ and His attitude and love to everyone in spite of what we may feel. We need to ask ourselves, “how would Jesus react?” to this and all issues that we encounter. We are to live Christ to the world around us instead of pushing people away from Him because of our misguided intentions.
Now I do not think this has, necessarily, always been intentional or even applies to everyone.
Yet once the notion has been brought up then we must address the issue head on and purpose in our hearts and minds to not allow idol-ship of the cross be in our lives anymore.
We must remember…
Jesus is our salvation.
Jesus gave Himself for our redemption not the cross.
Jesus is the one we worship and adore not the cross.
Jesus is the one we sing praises to not the cross.
Here is a song about the cross which, in my thinking, does not glorify it.
‘There’s Room at the Cross’ by the Claiborne Brothers
[As always, comments whether pro or con are welcome! Simply because I believe we learn and grow together in our journey with Christ.]