I was a teenager during the Jesus Freaks era, (I did my share of passing out tracts on the beach!) and wearing the Sign of the Fish was a big fad amongst Christian youth. According to the history, Icthus is the Greek word for fish and the letters represent Jesus, Christ, Son, God, Savior.
It was used as a symbol by the early Christians who were persecuted for their faith. They would draw the fish shape in the dirt to let other Christians know who was safe to speak of their faith.
So, it was the same for Christian youth-we recognized other Christians by the fish necklace or bracelet they wore. I believe I still have one of the icthus pendants that I wore as a teenager
Back in those days, we were allowed to have Bible studies on the high school campus during lunch period. We would sing a few songs accompanied by guitar, pray and have a short devotional. We had our Bibles and used them right there on school property! We even had a couple of teachers as our mentors. Of course, there were kids who participated just to be part of the cool group- but they were always accepted and loved.
Today, when we see the symbol of the fish, it's often meaningless and not necessarily demonstrating that the bearer is a follower of Christ. Perhaps it was just another religious fad, but I have fond memories of those years when I was a follower of Christ even before it was cool to be a Jesus Freak.
Have you any memories of those days, or remember reading about them? Do you use the Icthus symbol?
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