by Daniel Rodgers

Why Are They Removing Our Symbols?
Dan Rodgers
1 Corinthians 1:18

QUOTE: The following is an article written by Jeff Johnston for August 22, 2003. It is entitled; "Christian Churches should stop using the Cross."

An interfaith group founded by the leader of the Unification church, Sun Myong Moon is leading an effort to have Christian ministers remove crosses from their churches. This group says the cross is a symbol of oppression and perceived superiority. The group's goal is to bring peace to the Middle East and the rest of the world by reconciling members of the world's three largest religions. National Chairman of the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), Augustus Stallings Jr. says there are certain symbols that stand in the way of bringing a true spirit of reconciliation and the cross is one of them. The ACLA is asking Christian churches to remove the cross from their buildings to demonstrate their willingness to remove barriers that stand in the way of individuals coming together as people of faith. Stallings feels the cross is central to the teaching about the grace of God, but argues that throughout history, Christians have used the cross to send messages of religious intolerance, racism, and forced conversations. He contends these divergent message connected with the symbol of the cross is the problem. 1


1. The title of or message this morning is in the form of a
question. The question is: "Why are they removing our symbols?" That's a good question. Why are they removing our symbols? And when we talk about symbols, we are talking about Christian symbols--the Judeo-Christian symbols that have represented our faith and heritage since the foundation of this great nation.

ILLUS: Recently the United States Park Service decided that three bronze plaques in the Grand Canyon had to go. Why? Because they contained verses from the Bible. Ironically, at the same time, the officials ruled ...

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