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Cross vs. Crucifix

October 3, 2012

First things first:
A Cross is the representation of the structure upon which most Christians believe Jesus Christ was murdered.
A Crucifix, on the other hand, is a cross that includes a representation of Christ’s body still attached to it.

It has been my experience that Roman Catholic members tend to prefer the Crucifix, whereas Protestant members tend to prefer the Cross (full disclosure: I am in the “Protestant” group). Quite frequently, I hear Protestants reject the Crucifix because “That’s a dead Jesus, but my Jesus is alive!”

It always makes me cringe when I hear that.
First of all, it’s just a Crucifix, it isn’t a real Jesus on a real Cross — it’s only a representation of the enormous Sacrifice He made for us, and nothing more. Secondly, Jesus wasn’t raised from the Cross, He was actually raised from the grave…. three days later. This means that there was an empty Cross with a dead Jesus in the grave for three entire days before He was raised up again, ergo, a Cross can represent a dead Jesus just as much as a Crucifix can. In fact, since the whole purpose of the Cross was death, I’m not sure how it can be seen as anything other than a representation of a dead Jesus. If one wants to represent a living Jesus, one should have a depiction of an opened tomb instead. Therefore, both Crosses and Crucifixes actually represent a dead Jesus and not a living one; neither is all that different from the other.

This should not be offensive.
It’s a Scriptural fact: Jesus Christ was required to suffer death in order to give us Salvation, there was no other way. His death is something we should keep in mind because without that event we would be forever damned!  But does keeping mindful of a dead Jesus mean that we worship a dead Jesus?

Of course not!

To begin with, one should not be worshipping a Cross or Crucifix in the first place. The Bible is very clear that we shouldn’t worship sacred pillars, poles, idols, or any other physical object. To pray or bow to a Cross or Crucifix is worship, and that is not what a Christian is called to do. If you are doing these things, then you are worshipping a dead Jesus, whether you are Roman Catholic or Protestant. But merely having such an object simply for decoration to express your Christian viewpoint is not any act of worship at all. And, since it is not an act of worship, it shouldn’t be twisted to mean that you worship a dead Jesus just for the mere possession of such items. To put it another way, if you aren’t directing your worship to the Cross or Crucifix, then you aren’t worshipping a dead Jesus. Period.

Having such objects in your home shouldn’t be a bone of contention for others — having a simple reminder of what Jesus did for you is no different than having a photograph of a dead loved one in your home as a simple reminder of that person. Just as viewing the photograph of the loved one shouldn’t be misconstrued as worship of the dead person, likewise having a Cross or Crucifix shouldn’t be misconstrued as worship of a dead Jesus.

Let’s stop being judgmental of those who prefer a Crucifix over a Cross because the argument is really twisted.

Peace, and Amen.

Virtual Church

August 21, 2010

Virtual Church?

Yep, that’s right.

Although we strongly encourage everyone to attend their local Christian house of worship, we are also big fans of reality and realize that sometimes that’s simply impossible:

Maybe you’re recuperating after emergency surgery.
Or you’re wrangling with the flu.
Or you’re recovering from a major accident.
Or, maybe you’ve even found yourself in prison (yikes!)

Whatever the case may be, the point is that you won’t be able to go to a regular church service when life throws a wrench in the works.

This is where Virtual Church comes in.

Virtual Church is exactly what it sounds like: Worship and praise services that you can either listen to or view online, the radio, or television. Our sister site, www.ChristUnite.com , offers listings and links for virtual church events in various areas of the United States.

If your area isn’t covered in ChristUnite.com, its simple to find your own:
All you do is Google your city and state for churches, and follow the links on the church websites that you find. For example, if you live in Canandaigua, New York, you simple use the search terms: Canandaigua, NY, Churches. Google will immediately show you page after page of church listings in the Canandaigua area. Many of these listings will have links directly to the church websites. Click on the church website link you’re interested in and see if the site offers links for radio, television, or internet programs. For example, one of the first page listings for Canandaigua, New York is the United Church, with its link at  www.uccdga.org . Click that link to access it’s website, and you will see a link towards the top that simply says “media” and it will take you to a menu of sermons archived according to date. Very simple! (and I might add with some bias, Pastor Kerr is a gifted speaker!)

Of course, Google isn’t limited to just the United States, and so you can live anywhere worldwide and perform similar searches to meet your worship needs when you’re physically unable to attend a church service.

So don’t feel left out because something happened that prevents you from attending a church service. Simply hop on the search engine and get there virtually! This is especially important in time of trial (such as sickness, accidents, and incarceration), as you don’t want to lose your Christian focus.

God Bless!


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