Stumbling Block

“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:22-25 | ESV)

Fueling the out-of-control and irrational rage spreading like a dark disease and taking the form of violent vandalism, far-left activist Shaun King wrote this week that all crucifixes depicting Jesus Christ as a “white European” should be torn down and done away with. “Yes I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down. They are a form of white supremacy. Always have been,” writes King. His is one more distorted expression of those who have done nothing to contribute to societal improvement clamoring for anarchy. What masquerades as “revisionist history” is nothing more than virulent terrorism.

Ignorance matters! How, in the name of all that’s holy, does a bloody impaled thorn-crowned figure represent racial superiority? Jesus Christ never has and never will stand for ethnic supremacy, regardless of how one fills-in-the-blank. My heart breaks for the man or woman who looks at any image of the Savior and sees a racial slur rather than hearing the voice of perfect Love. The cross will always be a stumbling block to dark minds. The precious Son of God hangs in humiliation on the cross as an enduring reminder that all who will humble themselves and cling to Him as if their life depends on it will find mercy enough to last all eternity. O rebel heart, reject pride that blinds and stumbles toward destruction. Offer yourself a living sacrifice to the One who is the ultimate sacrifice, and discover in the dying eternal abundant life.

Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

To the cross where Thou hast died;

Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord,

To Thy precious, bleeding side. (Fanny Crosby, 1875)

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