Have you ever thought about the symbol of Christianity, which is typically a cross? What an odd image we choose to represent who and whose we are. I mean, why would we choose the instrument of Christ’s death as the symbol of our faith? Can you imagine our logo being a guillotine, noose, or electric chair if Jesus had come in a different time? And Jesus was not the only person to be crucified. Not by a long shot. Hundreds of people suffered that execution. In fact two other men were crucified at the exact same time as Jesus. The cross is not specific to our Lord nor does it exemplify His life, but yet, a cross is synonymous with Christianity.
What if instead of a cross for our logo…our symbol was a heart? Wouldn’t that redefine how we as Christians are supposed to live, what we are to focus on, and how we treat others?
The Bible says that God is love (1 John 4:8), the two greatest commands are to love (Matt 22:37-39), and that is how others are supposed to be able to recognize us (John 13:35).
I’m not saying that we should do away with crosses. The crucifixion was Jesus greatest act of love for us (John 15:13). But today, think about how the love of Christ can be represented in the church and in your life.
Let us be known by our love.