When I was first converted to Christianity I used to wear a gold cross around my neck. When I began preaching the gospel and making the rounds around the local churches I was approached by a church elder who asked me why I wore the image of the cross. I replied that it was a reminder to myself of the things that the Lord had suffered for me and the rest of humanity. He responded by simply asking me if Christ had been executed on an electric chair would I wear the image of an electric chair on my neck? It was right then and there that I realized that he had a good point. After some thought I came to realize that it was not the cross but the person who died on the cross that was the source of my salvation. I took off my crucifix and never wore that image again.
Venerate: to feel or show deep respect for (someone or something that is considered great, holy, etc.)
Idolatry: the worship of a picture or object as a god
Worship: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshiping God or a god