Wearing the Cross

Scotland’s head Catholic cleric calls on Christians to wear the cross:

Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as “a symbol of their beliefs” and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society.

The plea by Cardinal Keith O’Brien, head of the Catholic church inScotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are “a bit vague” about religion.

Williams, who is marking his final Easter as leader of the Church of England, said he does not “lose sleep” over the fact many people only attend church at Easter and Christmas.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, he said that he welcomed those with little connection to Christianity who just wanted to “let the story wash over them” knowing that they would not face a “doctrine examination”.

But O’Brien will call on Christians to make the cross “more prominent in their lives”. Due to speak at Edinburgh’s St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday, he will tell them to “wear proudly a symbol of the cross of Christ on their garments each and every day of their lives”.

He will say: “I know that many of you do wear such a cross of Christ, not in any ostentatious way, not in a way that might harm you at your work or recreation, but a simple indication that you value the role of Jesus Christ in the history of the world, that you are trying to live by Christ’s standards in your own daily life.”


About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • http://wwwi-wonder-as-i-wander.blogspot.com/ linda

    i thought we were to be known by our love for one another…

  • http://www.youtube.com/bearkiller777 Mitch

    The Scriptures make it very clear we are known we Christians by our LOVE – John 13:35. I wear a Cross but a Cross doesn’t make one a Christian. Its living out a Godly life and obeying Jesus Christ and following the bible as your way of life and listening to the Holy Spirit, daily yielding to it and overcome sins in your life and growing in Sanctification to become more like Christ.
    Sure I don’t see anything particularly wrong about wearing a cross, however we should also be careful not to be like the Pharisees who had an outwear Appearance of godliness but denied the power of what they claimed to believe in their own lives.

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  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Does a tat count? or two?