Won’t You Tell Me About That Cross?

Won’t you tell me about that cross that’s hanging down from your neck?
Did you get it as a gift or purchase it for yourself?
Did you put it on by choice or wear it out of habit?
Won’t you tell me about that cross that’s hanging down from your neck?

Won’t you tell me about that cross you’re wearing as a necklace?
Do you often have it on or mostly keep it boxed up?
Is it just some pretty shape or does it have some meaning?
Won’t you tell me about that cross you’re wearing as a necklace?

Won’t you tell me about that cross you’re wearing upon your neck?
Do you like to dwell on it or take it much for granted?
Does it tell what you believe or is it merely jewelry?
Won’t you tell me about that cross you’re wearing upon your neck?

I wear this cross upon my neck to tell how God loves me.
I wear this cross upon my neck to show I love Him, too.
I wear this cross upon my neck to say that God loves you,
For His Son died upon a cross,
But He rose from death to give us life,
When we trust in Him.

About This Song:
Thanks to my former pastor, Randy Mathis, for making me think more seriously about the reasons people wear crosses.

If you’re like me, you probably see dozens of people wearing crosses–both men and women–during the course of the day. Some crosses are small. Petite. Some are large and heavy enough to ward off an attacker if the wearer took it off and swung it.

Some of them are quite plain. Some, like the crosses I’ve made for my wife and me, are wooden. Others aren’t just fancy; they’re fine jewelry. Probably quite costly.

Could you picture yourself taking part in the following conversation?

You: “You must be a Christian.”

Cross Wearer: “Why would you think that?”

You: “That cross you’re wearing. It’s outstanding.”

Cross Wearer: “Thanks, but it’s just a cross. No reason for you to get nasty and accuse  me of being a Christian.”

You: “But don’t you understand the significance of the cross?”

Cross Wearer: “I understand that you’re nuts. Get lost before I call a cop.”

Hmm. Not funny, is it? But isn’t that apt to be the way the conversation would go with many cross wearers–maybe even a majority of them?

This song addresses that issue–and gives the explanation.

I’m not suggesting that you go out and make enemies of every cross wearer you run into by coming on that strong, but I am asking you to evaluate your own reason for wearing a cross–if you do. Are you trying to identify yourself to other Believers? Or does the cross just happen to be the piece of jewelry you put on today?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

Look for me again next Wednesday. Better still, subscribe to receive these weekly posts by email.

Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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