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“The world, for all its beauty, is hostile to the truth. Witness without compromise leads to worldly hostility.

“The cross is not a sign of the church’s quiet, suffering submission to the powers-that-be, but rather the church’s revolutionary participation in the victory of Christ over those powers.

“The cross is not a symbol for general human suffering and oppression. Rather, the cross is a sign of what happens when one takes God’s account of reality more seriously than Caesar’s. The cross stands as God’s (and our) eternal no to the powers of death, as well as God’s eternal yes to humanity, God’s remarkable determination not to leave us to our own devices.

“The overriding political task of the church is to be the community of the cross.”

– Stanley Hauerwas and William H. Willimon, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony, page 47.

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  1. e4unity says:


    Thank you for this great reminder of the cross and the ever present danger of compromise as Paul warns in I Corinthians 1. I was meditating on that rich passage just today.

    It is the message of the cross Paul credits (2) as the power of God effecting our salvation; it is also, he says the wisdom of God ( which he says in the eyes of the hostile world-those that are perishing-is the foolishness of God).The inter-play with words by Paul here is just amazing.

    John Paul Todd

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