Question: Why do we need to wear crosses? Number one, crosses are usually worn as jewelry, which is pure vanity.
According to 1 Timothy 2:9, "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes."
So, crosses are usually gold and they can be expensive. Why can't we let our charity be our cross? Why do we need a physical symbol to show others our Christianity when we should be helping people 24/7? That second you spend putting on a cross, you could be adopting children from Mozambique.
People go to stores and purchase crosses when they could be using that money to feed the three people living outside on their doorstep. Plus how does wearing a cross help our faith at all? And usually the crosses are made out of gold. But even silver or pearl shouldn't be worn. It has no bearing to our salvation. I don't understand.
I don't want to make it look like I'm bashing Orthodoxy, I am really unsure about why this is permitted. Thanks.