This is a thing that saddens me. I just saw an article about a cross being removed from a chapel in Oklahoma. Why does that distress me? Not so much because a symbol of Christianity is being taken away, but because there are people willing to do such things.
It is good to remember, I think, that whether such symbols are visible or not has no affect on our salvation. Nevertheless, they do make us feel good and they remind us of Christ’s sacrifice. So in that respect, they are quite worthwhile. And we know that the value we place on useful things heightens as those things become rare.
It is also good to remember that when Christian symbols are visible, they remind Apollyon of his situation, and I suspect it makes him and his disciples uneasy. That is undoubtedly the motor driving the many such attacks we are seeing today against Christianity.
The thought that Apollyon is uneasy doesn’t seem to bother me much. The truth is I rather delight in it. Pushing that idea along helps me to see Christian symbols all around me and I hope you see and appreciate them too.
What symbols, you ask?
Well, take the cross for example. It shows up everywhere. Most utility poles use the pattern of the cross. There are far more such poles than there are crosses on churches. That knowledge should be disturbing to the accuser. But I don’t think it is because a utility pole isn’t generally recognized as a Christian symbol. It should be. I like the idea that there are so many that he’d have a difficult time getting rid of them.
A large number of words contain the letter “t” (I’ve tried to use a lot of them in this posting). Both the upper case and lower case “Tt” have the shape of a cross. Again, they don’t generally remind us of Christ, but I think they should. I wonder how many of them there are? Doesn’t that thought tease you just a little.
Another symbol of Christianity the fish symbol – the “Icthus” (that’s Greek for “fish”). That show’s up a lot, but even more so is the image of any fish. Those are everywhere and should remind us that Christ was the great fisherman – a bit less were His associates Peter and Andrew. And there’s nothing fishy about that.
Then there’s bread and wine, a mustard seed, wheat …
The list is long, but the point of it is short: Reminders of who Christ is and what He did for us.
It is good to keep traditional Christian symbols visible. And we must fight for that. Not only do they aggravate Satan, but they make believers feel good.
What are you doing to defend Christ’s image?
See Romans 1:20 for additional information.
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