I wonder if Jesus would be a little creeped out by the *cross* being his symbol. It seems a bit like the thirty-ought-six being a symbol for Martin Luther King Jr.. I’d be willing to bet that Jesus would prefer a “fish”. I, on the other hand prefer the 4th century ichthys which we would all recognize today as a *pizza*. (Yum!) Now *that* seems much more likely to draw the young people (and perhaps stoners) to church! 😉 Interestingly enough, “Taking up crosses” can also be translated as “pulling up stakes“. The latter makes a lot more sense to me in the context in which Jesus said it (Matthew 16:24).
We wonder why we don't have faith; the answer is, faith is confidence in the character of God and if we don't know what kind of God God is, we can't have faith.