I don’t wear a cross around my neck. I don’t hang one in my room. I don’t by t-shirts or artwork that predominantly features the cross. But I love the cross. I think the image of the cross is one of the most powerful symbols in the world and that it would only be the church’s loss to discontinue promoting the cross.
A cross in and of itself doesn’t prove anything. It’s foolish to assume someone wearing a cross is a Christian, or to even assume that a church is doctrinally sound because they have a cross (have you ever seen a cross being used by Scientologist? It’s the weirdest thing, they don’t even think of themselves as Christian). I don’t need to get into the many horrible things that have been done in the name of the cross.
There’s a general cultrual LDS bias against the cross. I’ve never seen anyone explain the prohibition via LDS canon. You will never see a cross inside or outside of a ward house or temple. On rare occasions you’ll encounter an LDS wearing a cross as jewelry, but it’s rare. Some say it’s because LDS believe that the atonement happened in the Garden, but as far as I can tell that’s up for quite a bit of open debate even amoung LDS. About the clearest argument against using a cross that I’ve heard goes something like: “If Jesus had died in an electric chair would you hang that around your neck? Why glorify a torture device.”
And that is exactly the point. Jesus’ act on that cross was so profound and powerful, that not only did it save humanity from sin, it even transformed a symbol of fear and tyranny into and object of beauty. What the Romans devised to strict terror into the hearts of men, is now something people look to for strength and encouragement. As Paul says, he used their own cross to make a spectacle out of them (and not just the Romans). Col. 2:15
That’s what Christ does. He takes what is vile and depraved and transforms it into something beautiful and mighty. That is why I love the cross.