Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Faith On Display.

Last week my wife had taken a week off of work before starting a new job. At her "request" I accompanied her on a search for a few inexpensive accents to lighten up our family room decor. I believe she "invited" me to accompany her on this journey to make the end of week dental appointment enjoyable in comparison. In one store I saw plastic lawn crosses with "He Is Risen"  printed on the cross, available for sale. I don't get it.

I understand "He Is Risen" is a theme (perhaps the theme) of Easter. I understand that providing testimony and spreading the Gospel is an inherent part of worship for some Christians. I understand I have Orthodox Jewish friends with long beards, earlocks and  prayer shawl fringes in daily dress as part of their religious practice, yet I didn't post on their worship.  Still, I don't get it.

source: Amazon
Isn't there a better way to spread the Gospel? Volunteering at a (fill in the blank) is less expensive than a plastic lawn cross, an embodiment of charity and a chance to reach out on a one to one basis.  And after lawn crosses, can I look forward to a garage projection resurrection?

Am I being (too) judgmental? Am I overstating the situation? Am I demeaning someone's faith? If so, I apologize. Please leave a comment and help me view these lawn crosses in proper perspective.


  1. Plastic cross as substitute for religion is tacky. Golden cattle are herded all over the country, with all kinds of crazy outfits and cult meanings. Be nice...that is religion...be nice. it is hardly nice to make your neighborhood look at your plastic cross.

  2. Pam,
    I am really struggling with this one. It's wrong to criticize someone's faith and it's also wrong to criticize someone's taste. Still the confluence of the two, in this case, has me struggling. Thank you for offering your thoughts.