Sunday, January 21, 2007

British Airways vs. Jesus Christ

Recently I wrote about the controversy spawned by airliner British Airways over its decision to force an employee to discontinue wearing a cross around her neck because they felt that it was offensive to others. The ridiculous decision created a firestorm of protests from all around the world, and in a predictably financially motivated reversal, British Airways has now relented on the policy, and “…have decided to allow some flexibility for individuals to wear a symbol of faith on a chain.” So states airline Chairman Willie Walsh.

However listen to this additional statement on the part of the Chairman: "Our uniform is one of the most powerful symbols of our company and heritage. Our staff wear it with pride and our customers recognize and value it. "This modification will enable staff to wear symbols of faith openly without detracting from the uniform." So, it seems Mr. Walsh is making things perfectly clear where British Airways stands. In the pecking order of important symbolisms, let be known that the cross takes a back seat to the British Airways Uniform (capitalization added for sarcastic effect)! The uniform is the “powerful” symbol of heritage here. What a relief to know that the cross of Jesus Christ (God in human form) will not “detract from the British Airways uniform”. I’m glad that the thought and visualization of the following “will not detract from the British Airways uniform”: …There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,nothing to attract us to him. He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.He was despised, and we did not care. Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed… (Isaiah 53:2-5 NLT)

Mr. Walsh and his cohorts at British Airways may be rather proud of their accommodation and largesse, but my Christian brothers and sisters would be well served to permanently boycott the arrogance and gall of British Airways by aligning ourselves with the Him who was and continue to be despised and rejected, as opposed to the appropriately named “Airline of the world” who is bloated, proud and arrogant.

A God who sends people to Hell?