"How can one adorn oneself with gold and silver and do so in the name of the Christ? The Christ rejected Satan's seduction by rejecting wealth and further rejected wealth over what remained of His life. Wealth and Christianity go together like air and trout. Air strangles the trout. Wealth asphxiates faith. And wearing a cross, an instrument of torture, to proclaim one's love for the Christ, is perverse. Imagine a mother whose daughter was killed by a serial killer, who employed an ice pick. Then, to forever announce her undying love for her dead daughter, the mother wears a wee gold ice pick on a chain."
-- Holly Capote in her post "The Gold Crucifix" at Pam's House Blend