He said it was a “stumbling block.”
It’s easy to see what he meant. No one had contemplated the idea of worshipping a man who died disgracefully. A slave’s death. A notorious death. The cross was a symbol of “Pax Romana,” the peace that Rome enforced by executing enemies of the state.
But I wonder…are people really still offended by the cross? (Not just because we are inundated with violent entertainment.)
Are people really stumbling over the gospel? Are they tripping over Jesus’ words?
Jesus said that people would hate us, his followers, on account of him.
I’m not sure Jesus’ words are all that true anymore. People aren’t offended by the cross or stumbling over the gospel or hating us on account of Jesus. The fact is most people can’t get close enough to Jesus to be offended by him…
…They’re too offended by us. Continue Reading…