As the semester draws to a close, summer mission trips draw near. As a part of their global sendoff, this message was spoken today in Harding’s chapel–a very powerful message–about the cross. A message, which I believe is good for all to hear:
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18).
The cross was a cruel method of torture and execution utilized by the Romans. It was designed to cause a victim excruciating pain for hours, even days, before he eventually died from asphyxiation. Yet, though this once was a sign of death and humiliation in the ancient world, it is not thought of as such in our modern time, being instead more associated with Jesus and the Church. However, there are some Christians who argue why the cross should not be displayed within their homes or even within our church buildings. Though I understand their viewpoints, I would like to respectfully disagree with them, by addressing them, and arguing why we as the Church should embrace the cross. Continue reading