"Daddy, the people who go to that church must be super-christians. I bet they love Jesus a lot."
"Why is that, son?"
"Look at all those crosses on their church building. And look at that big one!"It was funny. And it was telling. We adorn t-shirts with pithy sayings, backs of cars with fish, wrists with black-red-white-green-yellow bracelets, Bibles with hi-liters, and churches with crosses. But they're all superfluous. None of them measure our walk with Christ. Absurdity reigns and confusion (with a healthy dose of superficiality) makes it all look better.
Consider instead Jesus' method of measuring His disciples:
Self-denial for Jesus' Sake (Luke 9.23-25 and parallels)
Priority of Relationship with Him (Luke 14.25-35 and parallel in Matthew 10)
Commitment to His Word (John 8.31-32)
Love of Others (John 13.34-35)
Bearing Spiritual Fruit (John 15.8)That's a list worth reviewing on a daily basis.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...