Saturday, January 10, 2009

Taking the cross out of Christianity?

Apparently a vicar in West Sussex has removed the crucifix from the front of his church because,

The crucifix expressed suffering, torment, pain and anguish. It was a scary image, particularly for children.

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It wasn't a suitable image for the outside of a church wanting to welcome worshippers. In fact, it was a real put-off.

We're all about hope, encouragement and the joy of the Christian faith. We want to communicate good news, not bad news, so we need a more uplifting and inspiring symbol than execution on a cross.

A part of me broke down in laughter while the other part was horrified to think that anyone owning the name Christian could possibly think the cross had no place in welcoming people to Christ. Granted, I'm no fan of crucifixes per se (call me an iconoclast if you must), but it's devestating to think someone responsible for God's sheep could possibly ignore the wisdom of God in the cross.

1 Corinthians 1:18 For 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. [...] 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

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