DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I have a friend who wears a gold cross around her neck but she doesn't pretend to be a Christian. Should I say something to her and maybe tell her she shouldn't be wearing it? I'm not sure why she does. —B.H.G.
Dear B.H.G.: Why don't you ask her why she wears it? Don't do so with a critical or negative attitude, of course, but simply because you care for her. Her reply might open up opportunities for you to share the true meaning of the cross.
I don't know how she'll reply, but I'm afraid many people today wear a cross or carry a religious medal simply because they hope it will ward off evil and bring them good luck. But nowhere does the Bible promise this — and in fact it warns us against putting our faith in any object that we think will bring us good fortune. The Bible says, "This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people" (Ezekiel 13:20).