You may have heard the comparison that having a cross as a symbol of Christianity is like having an electric chair as its symbol. There certainly is some truth in that statement.

This article takes the opposite tact. The electric chair was used to humanely kill a condemned criminal while the cross was meant to torture and shame.

In fact, the graffiti shows that having a crucified Messiah was a laughable insult.

This has HUGE implications for us and our children. To become a Christian is to die to what the world thinks. Nay, it is more than that. It is to identify with one so shamed.

Thank you Jesus,who for the joy before him, endured the cross, scorning its shame. Hebrews 12:2

Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. Hebrews 13:13

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross. Philippians 2:8

May I never boast except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14

All of Jesus’ followers must die to what others think if they are to identify with him. The early Christians did. So can we.

Read the whole article here.