If all we need are words to remind someone of something, then why do people need to post that picture of a starving African child being watched by a vulture? I mean, the words should be more than sufficient, right? Or how about the picture of that Chinese student standing down a tank in Tienanmen Square?
That's the thing I guess...I honestly do
see a danger of people forgetting about starving children in the world. People get caught up in their daily lives and can quite easily forget to think of others that have no direct impact
on them. So we push pictures like starving children to the forefront to remind people that, yes, there is indeed other suffering in the world outside of your normal purview.
But someone who truly believes
that god exists, sent his only son
to be tortured and sacrifice for your salvation and gift of eternal life
...I mean, I honestly do not
see people forgetting about that. That whole schtick is something that is supposed to be informing a person how to approach life
- it just doesn't seem like something that needs
a reminder. It seems like something that is at the forefront of someone's day-to-day...isn't it?
The fact is that people do better with visual reminders of something, rather than just words. Thus why we have the saying "a picture is worth a thousand words". And just because it's a visual reminder you disagree with, for whatever reason, isn't a good reason to act like they shouldn't use it.
Personally, if they feel they need that symbolism, that reminder, that's fine. I'm quite certain I keep around commemorative trinkets and such that others would find silly or, perhaps, even inappropriate. The fact of the matter is, as I was raised Catholic, I
do not view such symbolism as a torture device - more of a "look what club I'm in" badge. In the same way that the swastika is generally
associated with a symbol of intolerance and hatred (as opposed to a symbol representing well-being), so is the symbol of a long-haired guy wearing a crown of thorns nailed on a wood cross generally
associated with 'being Christian'.
I really don't think that the symbol functions as any kind of a 'reminder' for a Christian though. I really think it serves more as a piece of uniform to keep them associated with the club.