Yesterday as I sat scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, I came across a video. This video was of a young man with a full bottle of alcohol in his hand. He proceeded to chug the entire bottle until it was empty. However, this incident isn’t what truly caught my attention; what caught my attention was his necklace from which a silver cross hung. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have come to the realization that the cross has become more of a fashion statement rather than a declaration of faith, but when I see things such as the scenario presented above, I know things have gone too far.
Being a Christian many people would think that I am anti-alcohol, but I’m not. In fact, anti-drunkenness is more of my descriptor. The Bible says that Jesus turned water into wine and that he drank with the Disciples, but never, not once, does it say that he ever got drunk. Therefore, in my opinion, drinking for a buzz is alright, but when you drink so much that you can’t recall the night’s events, vomiting, or are passed out drunk, there is a problem. It was clear to me that the intentions of the man in the video were to get drunk, why else would someone want to chug an entire bottle of alcohol?
So, as I sat there dumbfounded by his choice of accessories I began to wonder, when the cross became such a symbol of fashion rather than faith? The cross is a symbol of sacrifice, love, and forgiveness. I wear my cross necklace daily because it reminds me of God’s love for me and the rest of the world. I don’t know where the young man from the video stands in his walk with God, but I pray that he knows the true meaning of that symbol that hung from his neck in that video and I pray that God forgives him for this particular action along with the rest of humanity that chooses to proclaim their faith in such ways.