I had an assignment for evangelist/cross carrier Peter Johnson on the day of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hermosa Beach: Take the cross and stand in front of the bars as a reminder to the partiers that they need to be prepared.
Without hesitation Peter took up the cross and held it in front of the outdoor patio—and got some very strange, unanticipated results.
It took us both by surprise. We were shocked and nearly offended at what happened next. Instead of an angry outburst directed at Peter, or a middle finger shoved in his face, something much, much worse happened.
Instead of taking this sign as a sober warning to wake up, these St. Patrick celebrators took another tack. They turned the cross into a, a,…a photo op!