The cross is so well-known, it looks like people would know what it represents. Apparently, no all understand.

Franciscan University in Ohio decided to advertise on its Facebook page. It paid the fee and submitted the artwork.

To their surprise, Facebook rejected it. Facebook informed the institution that they found the pictures of the cross “shocking, sensational, and excessively violent.”

Such it is with the cross. The image doesn’t provoke the same sense for Christians like everyone else. And we are not the first.

Paul preached “Christ and him crucified.” It was not always a popular message. He told the Corinthians:

“but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,” (1 Corinthians 1:23)

A secular society misses the grace, the lavish love of the cross. They see it as the first-century world did. It was taboo, not mentioned or considered.

Yet, through all opposition, the cross remains the supreme symbol of how much God will do to reclaim man, including you and me.

Whatever Facebook believes, the cross remains as the avenue of salvation. We continue to preach it.

-Robert G. Taylor-