And, true to form, the Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t helping matters:
Today the Archbishop of Canterbury is reported as saying: “The cross has become a religious decoration.” It is something which religious people hang on to as a substitute for faith. He goes on: “I believe that during Lent one of the things we all have to face is to look at ourselves and ask how far we are involved in the religion factory.” He sees the cross as part of that “religion factory”. It is an infelicitous phrase, for a factory is where objects are merely churned out, as from a production line. Is that what the cross, the supreme Christian symbol, has become?
What His Grace hasn’t latched onto just yet is that, if people lose their employment over wearing a cross–even in a place such as the UK with a generous dole–it’s a big deal. That of course is the central issue:
Dr William’s words are particularly unhelpful just now when our Government has refused to support Nadia Eweida’s submission to the European Court that she be allowed to wear a cross in her workplace. The British Government has said to the EC that Mrs Eweida has no right to wear her cross, but that her employer has the right to ban her from wearing it.
Those now on same dole because they stood for wearing it evidently found it more than just “…a religious decoration…which religious people hang on to as a substitute for faith.” Had this been so, they would have taken it off in a heartbeat. Had it been just a decoration, secularists and other anti-Christian types would not have been so offended by it.
I guess that those in the government can take solace that he who holds the primus inter pares position in their state religion doesn’t feel any differently about things than they do.
They may find it comforting. Many of the rest of us do not.
Every one, therefore, who shall acknowledge me before his fellow men, I, too, will acknowledge before my Father who is in Heaven; But, if any one disowns me before his fellow men, I, too, will disown him before my Father who is in Heaven. Do not imagine that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring, not peace, but the sword. For I have come to set–‘a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ He who loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he who loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And the man who does not take his cross and follow in my steps is not worthy of me. He who has found his life will lose it, while he who, for my sake, has lost his life shall find it. (Matthew 10:32-39)