Though the cross, like all sacred truths, is prone to abuse, this is not guaranteed. Crucifixion does not assume the abuse of power or condoning of violence. Rightly understood, it exposes the abuses of power and condoning of violence that leads to such injustice. In other words, it makes plain human sin – personal, institutional, political, systemic, corporate, etc.
All without distinction are loved by God – a love that is wider, broader, deeper, and higher than we can possibly fathom. Our temptation will always be to sell it short, to whittle it down, to shrink it down to a size we can manage and control. On the contrary, we must humbly recognize that we cannot possibly comprehend the greatness of God’s love.