I really like the sideways cross necklace fad right now. I think they are pretty dope looking. I saw a good deal for one on Groupon and I was tempted to click buy, when it occurred to me to look up the meaning. In my life there are a lot of things I don’t understand and I always search to find meaning. I tend to stay away from things that I do not know or understand its meaning. Call it what ever you want but I’m not a fan of inviting unnecessary negative influences into my life. This is true for music, art, jewelry, etc. Though I could be better about the type of music and certain shows I watch, I do try to be mindful of what I let enter my heart and mind. It is very acceptable in our culture to wear jewelry that has cultural and spiritual significance to cultures other than our own. As a person with distinct non-American cultural heritage, sometimes I honestly think it is or could be construed as disrespectful. I’m not talking about every day cultural outfits like saris, or kilts – I’m talking about things of cultural and more so spiritual significance.
I grew up over seas and I was exposed to a lot of things and we brought back a lot of souvenirs. One day a dear friend of ours came to our house and she questioned my mom about a Buddha figurine she had. In fact she had several. They meant nothing to her other than they symbolized our travels through Japan. Our friend began to explain who/what Buddha is. My mom immediately removed the figurines. She didn’t give much thought to things she acquired overseas when we were traveling because we didn't understand the significance and meaning that certain cultural/spiritual items possess. More importantly, the relationship between those meanings and the life we are constantly trying to perfect in God through our faith in Jesus Christ.
The thing is, I do a lot of bad stuff. Things that I am not proud of. I have bad thoughts. I curse people out in my head. I laugh at inappropriate things. I drink my wine, yesss I drink my wine, child. I bob my head to unsavory music and watch violent vulgar shows. I try y’all but the truth is I’m a flawed individual trying to make it to heaven. I oft refrain from deeply religious conversations, not because I am ashamed but because I am far from a scholar and I’d hate to lead some one astray. I defend my faith to the point that I feel qualified to do so and but I do not deny the flawed rationales of fellow believers. I am a lover of God. I profess that Jesus is my Savior and without Him I’d be dust. I am serious about my belief in God and even with all things that I do wrong; my love, trust, adoration, and worship of Him is what I do right.
With that being said I’d hate to do anything that would disrespect my God. I like to know what sins I am committing. I’d hate to commit a sin and not even know it. I like to keep account of such things. Not saying that I like to boldly sin but I at least want to know what to repent for.
Now here’s the thing. I don’t know that the side ways cross is disrespectful but I also don't know that it isn’t. I don’t think that it is... BUT, there’s a little too much ambiguity to it’s meaning for me to be comfortable wearing it when I have several up right “traditional” crosses to choose from. Is this the overly sensitive, over analytical Christian criticism that we are all too familiar with? For me, no. It’s the ambiguity. If some one were to ask me, I don’t feel confident that I could give a meaningful enough explanation, let alone a correct one. That makes me uncomfortable. To be honest the best explanation that I could give is that I think it’s super cute and … well trendy. The word/thought of trendy gives me pause because Christianity is not supposed to be … trendy. It’s truth, it’s light, it’s LIFE.
The truth is I would never judge anyone for wearing a sideways cross. In fact I like seeing people wear it. I see it as a symbol as my faith. I do. But again I don’t know for sure that it is. I liked the fact that celebrities were embracing it and wearing it but then I quickly realized that celebrities embrace a lot of things that are not agreeable to me. I did some research and I found nothing conclusive but I found enough to give me the courage to say it’s not for me solely on the basis that aside from being cute, I do not have much to say about its meaning.
What do yall think about side ways crosses. Is it being over analyzed? Should I just get one and wear it in faith? I still really like them, haha.
** I do want to say that I wanted to include some of the sites where I found information on this topic but honestly I was disgusted by some of the comments by "Christians". I do not want to give those people a platform or give anyone a reason to read the foolishness they post. I did find some good information but I did not want to link to any pages without checking out the full site to ensure that I agreed with the majority of things that were being said. Unfortunately that is the nature of this business. I encourage you to check it out for yourselves though.**