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The Hatred of the Cross

Dan posted one of my favorite Stringfellow quotes for Holy Week. It is utterly appropriate:

“Many do not believe. Many men hate the Cross because it means a salvation not of their own choosing or making, but rather of God’s grace and his mercy. Men hate the Cross because it means a salvation which is unearned, undeserved, unmerited. Men would much prefer God to punish them than to forgive them because that would mean that God is dependent upon men and needed their obedience to be their God. Then God would be in fact no different from an idol of race, nation, family, or whatever, and a man would feel justified either by his obedience to the idol or the the punishment of his disobedience.”

~ William Stringfellow, Free in Obedience.


  1. Sue wrote:

    I much prefer this entirely real interpretation of the inevitable applied bloody politics of the “cross”.

    Seems like a good enough reason to “hate the cross” to me.

    Friday, April 10, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Permalink
  2. roger flyer wrote:

    One of the problems for me is ‘Did not God know this about us?’
    Sheeeessshhhh…so much pain in this endeavor of His.

    Friday, April 10, 2009 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  3. Bobby Grow wrote:

    I actually really appreciate this account given by Stringfellow, it’s right on!

    Anybody can use the cross, Sue, to their own ends — think of the KKK. But to rip it out of its Hebraic (sacrificial system), Christian (trinitarian) context is only to pretext it for one’s own morbid purposes (which is very ironic, given what the “message of the cross” is).

    Friday, April 10, 2009 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

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