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Wearing the Cross

I’m not so sure exactly what the first quote is meaning when it comes to wearing the cross as jewelry. Obviously there are people who wear it and have no idea what it means or even use it sacrilegiously. For a while I was rather against using the cross as adornment, although not having a problem with others who know what it means wearing it, but this second quote makes me think. Let me know what you think. (Scripture added)

The cross has become a piece of jewelry, a beautiful decoration in a church, a symbol of faith. It is difficult for us to pass back through the centuries of tradition to see crucifixion as a form of capital punishment so horrible that polite people would not so much as mention it… If the idea of crucifixion was abhorrent to decent people in the ancient world, imagine the difficulty of trying to convince them that a god—indeed, the God—had willingly endured such a punishment.

— Thomas Schmidt (from A Scandalous Beauty)

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Once a Muslim expressed to me his disbelief and even scorn at the idea of Christian wearing crosses: “How can Christians wear with pride the instrument of torture and humiliation? If your brother were killed in an electric chair, would you wear an electric chair around your neck?” I replied that it depends: “If my brother happened to be Jesus of Nazareth and his death in an electric chair brought about my salvation and was the means by which evil was defeated and creation renewed, then he would have transformed a symbol of shame and punishment into something glorious.”

–Paul Copan, Is God A Moral Monster?

Colossians 2:13-15
You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.