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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

A Day at a Time: Don't Just Wear It

By Scott Harrup
April 24, 2011

I admit I am often skeptical when I see a celebrity wearing a cross prominently as jewelry or even as a tattoo. Some actors, musicians and athletes wear a cross out of apparent sincerity. But far too many times, a cross makes an appearance with a provocative costume, on skin that shares “canvas space” with obscenity, or in an environment where godlessness is celebrated.

And yet, everyday followers of Christ can create similar contradictions — and with more than just crosses.

I wonder how many Christians sporting the traditional fish silhouette on a car bumper create very un-Christlike highway testimonies. (Full disclosure: There are times it is better for the cause of Christ that I have no fish symbol on my car.)

How many WWJD bracelets have rhetorically asked what Jesus would do while the wearers’ actions countered everything He represents?

Public Scripture displays can be equally misused. Years ago, I observed a group of professing Christians spewing hatred for homosexuals on their large Scripture-loaded placards. I wondered if anyone could receive the gospel with such an approach.

Certainly, any Christian who insists on the right to keep a Bible in the workplace should be living up to its precepts on the job.

As for the cross many of us might pin to a lapel or wear on a necklace, do we really stop to think what that display means? Are we truly striving to identify ourselves with the Savior who died for our sins?

These are important questions throughout the year but rise to the forefront of our Christian practice at Easter. Jesus himself counseled us how to live up to the real message of His cross.

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Luke 10:27, NIV).

And even more succinctly — “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15, NKJV).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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