On Vision radio recently the guest speaker, a lady lawyer, told of the pressure on Christians in the UK. She told how that she had represented a young woman who was told not to wear her cross to work. People of other faiths were allowed to wear the symbols of their religion; but in the Court it was asserted that the Cross was not a symbol of Christianity. Anyone should know that this is a deliberate denial of the truth, but truth seems to be expendable in this day and age.
Constantine the Great, when about to engage in battle, had vision of a Cross in the sky and heard a voice saying, “In this sign you will conquer.” He subsequently converted to Christianity and the persecution of Christians ceased.
Some will argue that this was not necessarily a good thing. In a backlash against the excesses of the Church in the time of ‘Bloody Mary’ [Queen of England] the Puritans destroyed all such symbols believing that they were idolatrous, an attitude which still survives in some traditions. Nevertheless, it is by all that the Cross stands for, that we will conquer. It is obvious that the devil hates the Cross and any representation of it.
The rainbow, a Biblical covenantal symbol, has been appropriated by the LGBTQI lobbyists though there is currently a move to ‘Reclaim the Rainbow’ by Christians. Those who are fighting to preserve Biblical values need to have an identifying symbol to which we can rally, and what better symbol than the Cross? So I am saying, “Let’s wear our Crosses and let’s keep the Cross and all it stands for before the world.” I am not suggesting that Christians in countries where they could be executed for doing so should risk their lives; but in nations like Australia, let’s assert our right to wear a Cross and to proclaim our faith before we get to the same situation that Christians in other nations like UK and the USA find themselves in.
The speaker on Vision radio said that Christians need to be more vocal and visual. Wearing a Cross is a simple thing which we all can do – men and women. It may also give us opportunities to share our faith. The Church needs to be a lot bolder in standing up for Jesus in these days when there seems to be a growing determination to stifle all things Christian. Jesus bore the Cross for the sake of the world. Let’s wear the Cross as a witness of His love for the world and in identification with Christ and His people.