My brother and I were talking about how some large, mainstream churches don’t have crosses anywhere in the church. Both of us seem to have a problem with this. The reason they provide is because they want people to be comfortable and not offended by anything in the church. The service itself seems more like entertainment than worship service. I’m not saying the pastor of these churches don’t love the Lord, but the Cross is supposed to be controversial, and confrontational.
The reason people are offended by the cross is they are confronted by a choice. Everyone who sees and hears the message of the cross understand that they have to make a decision. They have to decide if the work done on the cross is what the bible claims it is. They understand, consciously or unconsciously, that they are accountable for their lives and will be judged accordingly. They are confronted with their sin, as I am every time I see the cross, and don’t like what they see, and they don’t want to be judged. That’s why the cross is offensive. It’s what it means, what happened for all of mankind throughout history, and what judgment they will face.
The cross is meant to be offensive and confrontational because it convicts me of my fallen nature, and how unworthy and undeserving I am to receive the grace, mercy and love God has bestowed upon me. I have to confess I am worthy to be judged on my own merit and cannot measure up to God’s standards. As it has been said, the cross bridges the gap between God and myself, and only the cross of Jesus can make that possible.