We live in a society where Christian memorabilia is fashionable. Cross tattoos, cross T-Shirts, hats, bracelets, you name it.
In fact, the religious connotation attached to these fashion displays often has little to no meaning anymore.
But, the world is still watching.
Take this little incident from Chris Pratt as an example.
Pratt started signing autographs on his way out of the Los Angeles Airport. One member of the paparazzi asked Pratt about the split between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, and Pratt responded, “I’ll pray for them, man. That’s too bad.”
But the guy wouldn’t let it go. He kept asking how it feels for Chris Pratt and his wife, Anna Faris, to be the new Hollywood “It” couple.
Pratt ignored the statement and kept signing autographs.
Then, off camera, the paparazzi in question started to cuss Pratt out, apparently for not answering his “It” couple questions. Pratt rolled down his window and gave the guy an earful—referencing the disparity between his cross T-shirt and his actions.
“You should be nicer. You got a cross on your chest and you’re cussing me out. I just made you guys a bunch of money right now. Don’t be a jerk.”
It’s fascinating when you think about it. I mean, the cross is a torture-and-death instrument; it made people suffer and die to show them that the Roman Empire was right and had all the power. It would be like wearing a T-shirt with a noose or an electric chair in our society.
But today, wearing a cross T-shirt isn’t a big deal—even for a paparazzi chasing down celeb autographs to make a few extra bucks.
Of course, for Christians, the cross isn’t a fashion statement at all, but a life statement—one that calls us to lay down our own lives for God, to pick up a heavy cross and carry it to the same hill Jesus died on—so that we can live, truly live.
I’m glad Chris called out the paparazzi for wearing a symbol with deep meaning and not backing it up with his actions. I know none of us are perfect, that’s not the point, but if we’re going to identify ourselves with Christ, we better be ready to back it up.
It’s a bold reminder to me: The world is always watching.
And the cross still counts.