Where’s the Cross Papa?

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This is the end scene from the Pope’s new video where each religious person holds out a symbol of their faith. The Christian is holding a baby Jesus.

Where’s the crucifix?

There is nothing wrong with a statue of the baby Jesus but the crucifix is the defining visual representation of Christianity. It is where our salvation occurred. It is the ultimate expression of love.

What a shame they decided not to include a crucifix. Come to think of it, due to the well positioned sheet of paper and folded hands, there is not one cross visible in the entire 1 min 30 second video. Why is this?

Was it done because of the politically correct fear of offending someone? Yes, this sounds likely. Is it because the death and resurrection of Christ blows all other religions completely out of the water? (Because it does, doesn’t it?!)

You see, the cross is the most incredible, loving, paradoxical event ever to have taken place – so much so that no other religion can even come close.

What I think has happened in this video is that they have watered down Christianity to appease and fit in with the other religions. This is firstly an insult to Christ, secondly an insult to the pursuit of  truth, and thirdly an insult to the pursuit of true tolerance.

The cross is too truthful, too loving, too challenging to be used in a politically correct video. Much better to present Christianity as the post Vat 2 fluffy little baby Jesus that anyone under the age of 50 got served up in primary school and few advanced beyond.

Presenting the different religions as equal is wrong. They are not equal, and they have very different interpretations of what LOVE means. If they really do want to see what brutal, real, honest, tough, agape is, then they need to take a good long hard look at the cross, because the cross IS love.

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3 thoughts on “Where’s the Cross Papa?

  1. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. (1 Cor 15:14)
    God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1Peter 1:3) The death and resurrection of Jesus is central to our Christian faith. Jesus once said I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. In fact, He is the greatest divider the world has ever known.
    The talk today is let us respect and tolerate each others’ culture. Let us have religious tolerance, don’t say anything that would offend someone else’s tradition and let us all give out a positive self image. The psychology of sin from a modern perspective is to make people feel better about themselves. The apostate church of Revelation 17 will be very inclusive and ecumenical. It will accept just about anyone as a member — as long as biblical truth is not part of their belief system. Even then the mantra will be, “Doctrine divides; love unites”. The difference between a dead church and a living church is the same difference between vultures and eagles. Vultures feed on dead meat whereas eagles feed on meat that is alive.
    I can’t imagine either Peter or Paul walking into a Jewish synagogue or a mosque and talk about co-existing and living in peace and harmony with each other. You can put all the worlds faith on to one platform like they did in Assisi. You can love and hug each other as much as you want and respect each others differences but when that produces a failure on the part of the body of Christ to make the message known and make it clear that salvation is found in no other name. Then we have missed the whole point of why Jesus came and gave His life on a cross. You, who have ears to hear, listen to what the Spirit is saying.