There is no Biblical record to show that the early believers wore a cross around their necks. Some Christians take a stand against wearing the cross around their neck because they believe it is easier to wear a cross than it is to “bear” the cross. On the other hand, some Christians wear a cross as they feel it is a way to show their faith. The choice to wear or not wear a cross is based on the believer’s conviction. This is a choice between them and God.
Christian’s are called to bear a cross. This cross, however, is spiritual. It is a matter of the heart surrendering as did Jesus, “not my will but Thine be done. ” Jesus said, “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34). He added, “whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Matthew 10:38). The most important cross to bear is the one of the heart.
The cross is a symbol
A physical cross is a symbol that identifies Christianity. A cross points to the sacrifice of Christ, which is the essence of a Christian’s faith. However, a cross in itself does not hold supernatural power. Many Christians believe that one should not stress this outward symbol to wear a cross. The stress rather should be on the meaning of the cross. Paul explained, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18).
In the New Testament, the word ‘cross’ is used in a symbolic metaphor. It’s never used in the Bible as a physical icon. The power of the gospel is in the One who was crucified on the cross. Like Paul, they say, we are “determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
The true essence of Christianity
There is a tendency that people may be caught up in superficial issues. They don’t focus on the essence of Christianity and the love of God that was displayed on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Therefore, as Christians, the focus should not be on whether or not a person wears a cross. It should be about having a daily living experience with the Lord. A Christian will declare, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
In His service,