Tuesday, March 18, 2008
A Case for the Crucifix
For those who observe Lent and Good Friday, this season of the Passion of our Lord brings the reality of the cross into full view. We cannot ignore it. All the pain and suffering is right before our eyes. However, as I intimated in a previous post regarding Holy Week, I sense that many Evangelical Christians are uncomfortable with this to the point they actively push it away. They sing of His atoning death, but they do not want any visible reminder of it. Thus, they make much about their preference for the "empty cross" verses the traditional crucifix well known to Roman Catholics and many Lutherans.
One argument is that "Jesus isn't on the cross anymore." True enough. But as one article pointed out in defense of the crucifix, Jesus also isn't in the manger either, yet we continue to put up Nativity scenes each Christmas. So why the singular rejection of the crucifix? Probably in part because it makes us uncomfortable. We cringe at death and suffering. And when we are uncomfortable with something we turn away and ignore it.