There is not many things more unholy than a cross used for crucifixion. It was the Roman equivalent to the electric chair or a lethal injection needle.
It was an instrument for execution that was used to fulfill the purpose of our Lord and Savior Yeshua, Christ Jesus. There were many other who were killed using a cross other than our Savior, but He is the only one who was raised from the dead.
Today though the cross has become the universal symbol of inspiration for many that represents Christ.
When you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, there is always inspiration in unholy things. When the children of Israel were deported and dispersed they had to find inspiration in unholy lands.
As our world becomes increasingly ‘unholy’ we have to learn to find inspiration in the ungodly.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
3 But know this, that in the last days [a]perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, [b]unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Galatians 5:19-25 (NKJV)
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: [a]adultery, [b]fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, [c]murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 [d]gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
The apostles and the early church were persecuted and thrown in unholy places, surrounded by unholy people, even faced death but they had to persevere, endure and continue to grow the church.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)
8 Be [a]sober, be [b]vigilant; [c]because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
The people in the bible couldn’t pull up a playlist of spiritual songs to encourage them through their trials and tribulations. The apostles didn’t always have captive audiences giving them ‘Amens’ and positive feedback and feeding their egos. In fact, many times they were blessed to get out of town alive.
There is inspiration in some of the most unlikely places when we walk in His Spirit. It’s just our responsibility to find it. From jobs to relationships, there are innumerable instances, situations and places when and where we have to reach down and pull out the light and God inside of us.
In a song, movie, book, blog, politician…even witnessing the zeal for another religion.
Yes, sometimes seeing people do what we aren’t supposed to do can further inspire us to do good.
When was the last time you had to find inspiration in an unholy place