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 need to remember how what Christ has already done transforms who we are right now -- not later, once we get it together but right now in all the messes we've made.