“I simply argue that the cross be raised again at the center of the market place as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Jesus was not crucified in cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on town garbage heap; on a cross roads so cosmopolitan that they had to write his title in Hebrew and Latin and Greek; at the kind of place where cynics talk smut, and thieves curse, and soldiers gamble. Because that is where he died and that is what he died about. And that is where Christians should be and what Christians should be about.” – George MacLeod

Sometime in the past twenty or so years, the cross has been relegated to the quiet corners of church buildings.  It has adorned the necks of celebrities and dotted the landscapes of cemeteries.  It has been planted occasionally at roadsides where traffic accidents have claimed lives.It has been marketed as a decoration on all kinds of trivial totems of passing fads.

This “relocation” has sometimes been dictated by the forces of political correctness and secularism in government, education, and business.  But it has also been “hidden” by the insistence of many Christians in making  The  cultural wars and partisan politics their highest concern.

The Cross has been trivialized, marginalized, vilified, abandoned and ignored.

I am more grieved than angered by that reality.

Saddened deeply for what the world loses when the Cross is so treated.  Bewildered by fellow Christians who use it as a club instead of the symbol of humble sacrifice that it is intended to be.

Paul makes it clear to all of us that the Cross is the instrument of humankind’s salvation. For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1.21-24

The world looks so many things for its security and its salvation.  And all of these will ultimately fail.

It is time to lift up the Cross.

(C) 2016 by Stephen L. Dunn

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