The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


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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