The ad from the major Christian retailer read, “50% Off all Crosses.” I have no problem with them promoting and selling items that are visible reminders of our faith. However, as I closed the ad, I couldn’t shake the thought of “cheap crosses.”
In many ways that don’t involve price tags and discount codes, Christians sometimes inadvertently cheapen the cross. We reduce the value of Christ’s work for us the day He hung on our cross. I say, “we” because I fear I’ve been guilty as well. Consider these two ways in which we may be prone to diminish the cross.
First, because of the grace that has been afforded to us, we may believe we have license to live in any manner we choose. Since Jesus paid the price for sin anyway, we may think we’re free to do whatever we like. In doing so, we minimize the seriousness of the very sin that sent Christ to the cross. To this line of thinking Paul says, “But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13).
The second way we frequently cheapened the cross is thinking that we need to add to it. Any time we believe there is something we must do to ensure our salvation, we inadvertently tell Jesus, “Your death on the cross just wasn’t enough.” Any gospel message that combines the cross with your contribution is really not good news at all. To say that Christ needed our help is to cheapen the cross. No, when Jesus cried, “It is finished,” from the cross – it was indeed finished (John 19:30)! The debt of our sin had been paid in full.
Give it some thought…have you cheapened the cross in any way? –Dave
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