Just when you think a dead horse has been thoroughly beaten, someone opens their mouth. Its time to put this issue to rest.
5 Good Reasons Not to Wear or Display a Crucifix
5. “It’s not part of my religious tradition”
Even the most orthodox/fundamentalist Christian (of any stripe) has to acknowledge the presence of tradition in our modern religious experiences. Please don’t make me compile a list. Suffice it to say that, if the appearance of The Cross as a symbol of Christianity began as a tradition (and it did), then I see nothing wrong with a tradition that does not use it. For example, I don’t have a gripe with pre-medieval Christians.
4. “I live in France”
3. “I’m not a jewelry kind of guy/gal”
I’m guessing you also don’t drive an ’86 IROC Z28 Camero and feather your hair? We understand each other.
2. “Pop culture has hijacked it”
Good point. I always thought is was strange to watch Ozzy Osbourne sing “No More Tears” with a symbol of our Lord around his neck. (Not that I have any beef with Ozzy) To be fair, It doesn’t work for Fiddy-Cent either.
1. “I choose to remember Jesus in a different way”
There are lots of great ways to remember Jesus. Some are even based on scripture. Good answer.
5 Bad Reasons Not to Wear or Display a Crucifix
5. “The early Christians didn’t use The Cross as a symbol”
This one is borderline. While its enjoyable to point this out to the judgmental cross police, there are a few holes in your argument. Are you also a strict pacifist who has given all her money to the poor? Didn’t think so.
4. “It was adopted during The Great Apostasy”
This is just silly. Do you want to cancel Christmas too? Well, that’s the road you’re headed down.
3. “We emphasize the living Christ – not the dying one.”
You can wiggle around this one and make it sound legit (emphasizing triumph over death/the Resurrection), but at the end of the day you’re going to look like a fool. There is no Resurrection without the slow and painful death on The Cross. The death in-and-of-itself was triumphant – that he freely chose to bear it.
2. “If Jesus died in a car accident, would you then walk around with a car around your neck?”
Uh ya, I would. Please stop talking.
1. “Don’t you think its kind of bloody and gross?”
I’m walking in the other direction.