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Monday Musings (special Wednesday edition) 18/09/13

How big is your cross?

I have never used my blog to imagesweigh into politics and for sure I have no intention of starting now.  However, I want to use a political “hot button”, at least in Quebec right now, as a means of getting us thinking about our effectiveness as a church in society.

Quebec’s proposed charter of values, if passed, will forbid all public employees from wearing “overt and conspicuous” religious symbols and headgear in the public workplace.  Whether you agree or disagree is not the issue, the issue of my “musings” is whether or not a religious symbol is really what makes the difference in a person’s life.

Twice, in the last two weeks, I have told waitresses in restaurants that it is my custom to pray over my meal.  In both instances I asked them to think about one thing that they would like me to pray for.  One asked that I pray for happiness and peace, the other asked that I pray for her alcoholic father.  I wasn’t wearing a cross around my neck, or carrying a Bible in my hand, I was simply interested in the needs of the people who were serving me.

As I left the one restaurant, the waitress said, something must have told you to ask me that question.  Knowing that to tell her “the Holy Spirit told me”, (which I believe He did) would cause her to question my sanity; I simply let her know that Jesus was the peace she was looking for.

There is no telling what the future holds for the church and Christianity in Canada.  Could it be that in the name of “ tolerance”, the face of faith will be forced to become more privatized and less recognizable in public?  Could it be that Christians will be persecuted if they make a public declaration of their private faith?

If that day comes, the size of your cross will mean nothing, but, the passion of your witness will become everything!  In the latest book produced by the PAOC called “His Witnesses”, David Wells says: “The reality is that reaching an unreached neighbour, friend, or person at work does not carry the same priority as it did previously for most Canadian believers – especially if it is perceived as participating in yet another time-consuming program”.  If this is the case, and if this kind of apathy exists, then privatization of our faith is not very far off!  As a matter of fact, deep down, some may actually be happy to see political intervention, regarding public faith, as it will take the pressure off of them to share Christ at all!!

To be frank, I am more concerned about a weakened witness by Christians then I am about a political charter that may restrict the use of religious symbols in public places.  Christianity is not about a symbol, it is about Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price of sin by dying on a cross and taking upon Himself the sins of every individual in this world.  Jesus is not a symbol, He is the Saviour!!!!  The question is not the size of your cross; the question is really the size of your Jesus and how much impact you think He can have upon the people you meet in public places!

Until next time…

Don

www.reinventingthchurch.com

3 Comments

  • Evan

    September 18, 2013

    Hey Don, I wonder what they would say if I wore my “A blood donor saved my life” t-shirt.” And to answer you question:’ How big is my Jesus? , lets just say that he is everywhere. As the Zambia saying goes: “BALANTANGILEA” Which means God goes before us and prepares a way (Providence ) which is one of my favorite attributes about God.
    Thanks for the Monday Musing!!! Praying for you guys!

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  • Brent

    September 18, 2013

    Hey Don. I agree that sharing has taken a back seat – perhaps because of the size of our God…although no one would actually see it that way. Although I have been challenging our church to do just what you say, I still feel we need to say something about the “ability” or “permission” to share our faith visually that the state feels they have a right to legislate.
    Blessings.

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  • David

    September 18, 2013

    Hey Pastor Don, I have mixed opinions about religious symbols. Canada and The United States have Christian roots and history. I believe we are too tolerant here to other faiths. Christians are being killed, pescecuted and many churches burned. Here in Canada Mosques and Sikh Temples are everywhere. We let our government take religion out of our educational instituations and we are now paying the price. Islam is growing in North America because Muslims are having children and bringing them up in the faith. Many of our churches are empty because many Canadiens and Americans are not making God a priority.
    I was totally against RCMP members wearing Sikh symbols, but we allowed it. I know there are decent Muslims and that they atren’t all extremists, but when I see there dress atire I can’t help think of terrorism. I worked for DND for 31 yeqars and saw many military vechiles come back to our base that were destroyed by bombs. There is nothing wrong with someone wearing a crucifix, but I have problems with Muslim and Hindu attire. Let these people wear this in their places of Worship.

    crufix in my opinion crucifix in my opinion, but other religious symbols ,hijab and veils should be worn in their places of worship. Many people might say I’m closed minded, but we have to set some rules. crufix

    crucifix in my opinion, but other religious groups should wear their attire in their places of Worship.
    crucifix in my opinion, but other religions should be practiced

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