The BBC are running a story on a church which has taken down a crucifix outside its building because it is too scary. The sculpture will be replaced with an empty stainless steel cross.
In the video interview, the representative of the Evangelical Alliance supports the change and is asked if such a move is "watering down the message".
I remember a senior Anglican evangelical cleric commenting on why the crucifix is an inappropriate symbol for Christians, as the cross is empty. Jesus, having suffered, is now risen. I'm not sure I entirely agree with that. It's helpful to be reminded of, and to contemplate, the suffering of Jesus, especially in times like these. A crucifix might help one do that.
In this instance the question might be, "Does the taking down of the crucifix represent a diminishing of what that congregation believes about the importance of the cross, or is it simply an attempt to communicate or market the Christian message in a more attractive way?"