We often get asked the question, “What is your sign?” or “what is your birth sign?” by people we have just met. It seems like an innocent question, an opening line, an ice breaker, or a search for a common interest. The problem from a Christian perspective is that the question calls on us to name one of the 12 ancient pagan false gods as the guiding force in our lives. That is idol worship!
Many Christian fall into the trap of thinking that astrology or a reading of your horoscope is a harmless pastime. It is not! It is an act of putting your faith in a false deity and that is very dangerous. The ancient false gods of
The Bible teaches us to avoid this false religion. Yet many good church going people say, “What’s the harm?” The harm flows from giving our faith and trust to anything less that God. The harm comes when you slowly change from reading your daily horoscope, for the fun of it, and begin living by it. This leaves our minds and spirits open to something that seems minor but that slowly becomes too important.
So how do you answer when someone asks you the question, “What is your sign?” My answer is, “The Cross!” At my baptism I was given the sign of the cross as the guiding force in my life. It calls on me to trust only in Jesus for my salvation. I trust in God for all my tomorrows. I do not trust some person who studies star charts and makes up a future based on their special knowledge. When people keep asking for my birth date so that they will know my “astrological sign” I tell them that I was baptized into Christ’s body on January 9. My sign is the cross of Christ and no other. Is the cross your sign too?