There has been a new gallantry medal struck and posthumously awarded this week. It is called The Elizabeth Cross. It follows in the line of the Victoria Cross, and the George Cross, the latter being first awarded in 1940. The wife of a Warrant Officer killed in Hellmand Province, Afganistan, before the funeral of her husband, was presented in a private ceremony with the medal. She was very touched that the Queen had thought of her husband and instituted this new medal for recent and present wars.
The Elizabeth Cross is a darkened silver cross, lying on the background of a wreath comprising of the flora of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Everyone seems pleased with its design, seemliness and sensitivity. But, no doubt, in this P.C atmosphere that now prevails in the U.K., there will be voices raised in criticism. Why the cross?, will cry the atheist. Why the cross?, volunteers the Jew. Why the cross?, would complain the Muslim. Why the cross?, says the free thinker.
But what better symbol to convey the thought that Jesus Christ declared, and fulfilled, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He literally lay down his life on a cross, in order that men, through the Cross, may pick up their cross and follow Him. He died for sinners, and no other man could or can do that.
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