Cross and Question Mark

David Hayward shared this cartoon yesterday:

I am sure that there are some who will find it offensive. But the cross has not always been a public symbol for Christianity, and the removal of a physical symbol doesn’t necessarily indicate the removal of that which is symbolized. But on the other hand, I don’t think that the removal of the symbol of the cross is necessary in order to make room for open questioning. Indeed, it might be more effective to emphasize that questioning is a natural expression of being a follower of Jesus on the way of the cross. What do others think?

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  • Lothar Lorraine

    Hello James, as I directly responded, the Cartoon shows us a false dichotomy.
    Why not let the cross where it is and ADD the question mark?
    This is what the author of Mark’s Gospel did after having described the discovery of the empty tomb by the female followers and ending his gospel right at that place.

    I’m an agnostic Christian and if I sincerely don’t know if Christianity is true or not, I don’t see why it is not permissible for me to hope in Jesus.

    Lovely greetings from continental Europe.
    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

  • TomS

    There was definitely a time, not so long ago, when display of a cross was considered idolatry.