About the cross¶
The cross is the most widely used logo of Christianity. It is probably one of the best-known logos in the world.
Was it really necessary to use such a cruel and sadistic picture? Isn’t it harmful for your children to have a picture of a dying man being tortured in your living room? Isn’t this picture in contradiction with a God who loves us unconditionally? Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
Christians worship the cross because it reminds them and others that Jesus had to go through death in order to confirm the Good News.
Getting convicted to death on a cross meant, for the people at that time, that you had done something utterly evil and criminal. No religion can reasonably be based on such a guy. Nobody can be proud about a hero just because that hero managed to get convicted to death in a miserable way. The cross originally signifies a complete failure. To go through death means that Jesus did not only die, but that he also resurrected from death. The symbol of the cross would make no sense without Jesus’ resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:17).
Another aspect is theological. The Jewish faith was quite convinced that God punishes us for our sins. If not directly, then up to several generations later. Jesus’s Gospel about a forgiving God who doesn’t even account our sins was too new. Christians worship Jesus as the Lamb of God or Redeemer because he died on the cross as an atonement in order to definitively save the world from the idea of a God who punishes us for our sins.
Worshiping the cross also means to refuse to say that everything is well. I wouldn’t trust any culture that sweeps under the carpet unpleasant topics like death, hate and war. The Gospel doesn’t fix these issues for us, but it helps us to embrace them.