Thank you everyone for your responses, I treasure all of them. You know, living in the 21 century sometimes leaks back into our reading and understanding of the bible. It is not very helpful, most of time. Rather, we should try to understand the context of the text! A wise man once said, "A text without a context is a pretext"! That means if we do not study to understand what the author meant by what he wrote and how the people at the time understood it, we are in danger of reading anything we want into the passage. The church in multiple times and places has certainly been guilty of that! But, back to the point of this post. I am sure that most of you will agree that our example and model for christian behavior would be Jesus Himself - although Paul suggests that his readers copy his behavior too. Jesus did not wear a cross although He would certainly certainly carry one up the hill of Golgotha. Jesus did not carry a copy of the Torah around with Him and hit backsliders over the head with it. Yes, He certainly chastised the temple leaders most pointedly, but remember how patient and kind He was when He spoke to the woman caught in the act of adultery - "Daughter, go and sin no more". Jesus didn't stand on city corners shouting that all sinners were going to hell. If He did say something like that, we know who He said it to. Jesus met the people where their needs were; He healed them, He fed them, and then He taught them challenging them to walk the narrow path. I would say that if the church spent more energy feeding, healing, and teaching we wouldn't have to be so concerned about filling the pews. God will take care of that if we follow the example of Jesus. That is more important than wearing large visible crosses and carrying bibles. I do not mean to be dogmatic here and this is certainly not a condemnation of those Christians whose conscience is clear regarding the issue. I rest on this; "Jesus said, 'When He, the Spirit of truth. has come, He will guide you into all truth'".