I have always worn a crucifix and have no religious beliefs or explanations in wearing one. It was started by my parents and, over the years, they thought of it as a symbol against evil and nothing else. Something just in the mind really, to come to think of it.
I was once told-off by this guy in the driving school. He was waiting along with me for his lessons and he noticed the crucifix and asked me “So you think by wearing a cross it makes you a Christian?”. I was 19 then and defenseless because he was a total stranger and I never argue in public. But today, wisdom tells me it’s no point wasting time arguing, explaining or making a point across to someone who is easily judgmental and all out to find faults and loopholes to attack another who is not of the same mindset.
And while I was on office duty this week, a colleague in a foreign land asked me “Oh, you are a Christian?”. it reminded me so much of the guy who spoke his mind in the driving school. But nothing controversial took place thankfully, only that my first name didn’t sound like a Christian name.
Well, wearing a crucifix, or carrying a Bible, doesn’t make us more a Christian, neither does it make us any less. It’s all in the heart and the way people see us as one. We may have heard ‘the cross is the sign of a Christian’. It may be just a sign or symbol but what the cross truly means in our hearts and in our lives is much more important and significant than just being a sign or symbol.
I’m not ashamed to wear a crucifix or carry a Bible in my hand, on a flight or anywhere. I’m proud of it, for there’s a true, deep meaning to both for me. I felt the more I had it with me, the more I am telling myself to behave like a Christian. But nevertheless, it does not make me any more a pious Christian or closer to God. It’s what I am and what I portray that makes me truly one.
“Faith is a journey we take and a relationship we make with the Lord our God, and who we are as a person in Christ.” The love and service for God and His people is the true essence of being called a Christian. No outward appearance can substantiate the piety reverence but the love we have in the depth of our hearts for the Lord our God and for one another. Amen!