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Cross irony

It reveals our sin and God's embrace

In this volatile and violent world, it is imperative that we reflect upon what the cross reveals about humanity. In a 1983 column, J. Elmo Agrimson, then president of the American Lutheran Church Southeastern Minnesota District, insightfully reminded us:

"We can build and wear crosses and forget that the symbol warns us against human anger. It was raised up to please a noisy, super-pious majority. The cross reminds us of our potential for violence against ourselves and one another, whether it be a condemning word, a clenched fist, a gun or a nuclear bomb. The cross is humanity's attempt to shove a just God out of creation."



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