You’ve seen it, I’m sure.
The tabloid by the checkout lands an interview with a well-known porn star and her picture is on the cover, wearing a cross.
“Wait, what?” you ask out loud, causing the shopper ahead and the cashier to look at you strangely.
Whether it’s an actor known for his very dark, very Godless roles or a marcher being interviewed at the Gay Pride parade, the cross around the neck almost always surprises any person of faith. It certainly raises a number of possibilities.
- The contrast is intended to shock.
- The person doesn’t really know or understand the significance of the cross.
- They believe that they are a Christian.
- The cross-wearing somehow cancels out the wrong in that person’s life.
- They take a different, pre-Christian meaning to the symbol.
- It represents what they’d never admit verbally; that God has blessed their life with good things.
- They are somehow appealing to a religious demographic, hoping that in spite of what they’re saying or doing, those people will like them.
- The cross was a gift from someone, and by wearing it once in awhile they can say…that they’re wearing it.
Are there other reasons I’m missing?
The point is that there is a disconnect between the symbol and the person’s reputation or lifestyle or even activity at the moment the photo is taken or the video is recorded.
It’s a symbol that should be dear to the devout believer; the sincere Christ-follower. And so some get incensed that it’s being misused or misapplied or even mocked.
When I see these pictures on an online news feed, or in a magazine at the grocery store, I try to find the redemption in the moment, and I gotta admit, I’m not seeing it…
Tangentially: For those in the know, what do think of the trend in the last few years of wearing sideways crosses on necklaces and bracelets?