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"I desired to know nothing among you save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."
(1 Corinthians 2:2)
"Far be it from me that I should boast, save in the Cross of Jesus Christ my Lord, through whom the world is crucified to me and I to the world" (Galatians 6:14).
CrossXPollen is a collection of Cross-centered essays which touch on various aspects of modern life: both practical and spiritual, both personal and societal.
CrossXPollen essays' purpose is to challenge Christians to return to a Cross-centered faith -- that we might follow Christ as did the Apostle Paul, whose mind and soul were brilliantly illuminated with the flames of the Cross-message which engulfed his heart.
The Cross of Christ causes reconciliation
At the Cross, man is reconciled to God; Jew is reconciled with Gentile; servant with master, man with woman, race with race, culture with culture, nation with nation. When this Cross-mediated reconciliation flowers, the result is open, free cross-pollination of ideas, understandings, and resources, leading to gloriously fulfilling fruitfulness of the Vine which is Christ's true Church.
The Cross is the hub of true Christian unity
From the Cross, Jesus reached out to both sides. By joining hands with our Crucified Lord, all true believers in Christ may join hands together: from Charismatic to Dispensationalist, from Evangelical to Fundamentalist, from Calvinist to Arminian, from prosperous to impoverished, from unlettered to erudite, from Oriental to Occidental. Only via the Cross may we cross over the social, racial, cultural, and doctrinal barriers which Satan deftly manipulates to keep us isolated from one another. Just as Jesus yielded Himself up to be stretched across the Cross-beam, so must we allow ourselves to be stretched out across the boundaries of our comfort zones, that we may "break bread" with others whose practices, ideas, and habits we may find unpleasant or even repulsive.
The Cross is the hope of social restoration.
A deficiency of Cross-emphasis leads to a lack of wholeness and soundness within the Body of Christ. Any failing within the Body of Christ is magnified and exacerbated by the world (being blind to the Gospel, how can they possibly do otherwise?) As a result of the Church's bad example, our society has slid into isolation and impersonality, degenerating into loneliness, distrust, fear, meaninglessness. All of our serious social problems--crime, drugs, suicide, pornography, perversion, immorality, divorce -- may be traced back to the Church's failure to fully embrace the Cross.
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