This is a long post and I’ll understand if you just want to look at the picture and move on with a simple like or comment :)
I have been told numerous times that I am making idols for people to worship. I appreciate every message and comment accusing me of this and God bless you for writing them. I’ll take that criticism anytime :)
With this post, I honestly don’t expect to change anyone’s mind who believes that I make idols for people to worship. After all, it’s engrained in their belief and often set in stone, just as my belief in the reason I am making them is. But, I’m going to try..
Let’s start out with these verses..
Isaiah 44:10-11, 13-17 Who but a fool would make his own god—an idol that cannot help him one bit? All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen—mere humans—who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together,but they will stand in terror and shame. Then the wood-carver measures a block of woodand draws a pattern on it. He works with chisel and plane and carves it into a human figure. He gives it human beauty and puts it in a little shrine. He cuts down cedars; he selects the cypress and the oak; he plants the pine in the forest to be nourished by the rain. Then he uses part of the wood to make a fire. With it he warms himself and bakes his bread. Then—yes, it’s true—he takes the rest of itand makes himself a god to worship! He makes an idol and bows down in front of it! He burns part of the tree to roast his meatand to keep himself warm. He says, “Ah, that fire feels good.” Then he takes what’s left and makes his god: a carved idol! He falls down in front of it, worshiping and praying to it.“Rescue me!” he says.“You are my god!”
Boy that sounds like me huh? The craftsman who cuts down the cypress to a block of wood and who draws a pattern and carves away. Here’s where it’s not me.. I don’t claim that I am making a god…I can’t draw human figures, never could. I have no idea what God looks like to be able put him into human form nor would I ever want to try. I believe God is in everything. If we want to see God, look in the mirror, look around at everything and I mean everything. Everything is made from his hands. There’s not a single thing we have or can see that’s not of this Earth. That man didn’t take and shape into something for us.
God Made that wood I use. I didn’t.. He made the hands I carve with. I didn’t.. He guides my hand when I carve and he’s guiding me through this post right now thankfully :)
When I make crosses, I am only hoping to provide a reminder of what God can do and Who God is!! He is the one who gave us the sacrifice on the cross to save us.. When I’m done with a cross I don’t bow down to it and worship it. I’m Not sending you one if you are planning on worshipping it either. I hope people don’t view anyone as worshipping a cross or a crucifix when they bow at the alter in church either!! I’ve never seen them as worshipping that alter or that cross. I’ve heard them praying to God at it! It’s only a center point where people go to concentrate on God. Some people need that! I know I do at times!
Seeing a cross is a reminder of God, period. It’s not an idol to bow down to and ask to save your life. If you are ordering one of my crosses to save your life, I’m sorry… It won’t do that. It’s just a piece of wood with my best work in it and it’s the best way I know how to relay the messages and story of God. Much like the bible is just a book with the stories of God’s work so are these crosses. That Bible printed by man that you carry won’t save your life either by the way ( I may have just lost fans there)
It’s so simple to me and I hope this un-complicates for some.
The bible you are reading from is a reminder and a testament to what God has done. It shouldn’t be used to judge others and the way they worship God. The crosses I make are a reminder and a testament to what God has done also. They shouldn’t be used to judge others either..
God bless you all for supporting me and my family doing this! God bless the ones who don’t too! :)
I’ll be here making crosses no matter what