THE CRUCIFIED GOD
“There is an important way in which Good Friday can be said to be an observance of the death of God, a lens that colors Good Friday not as metaphysical, but as moral,” argues theologian Benjamin Durheim.
He goes on to say, “If your God lives, why do you proclaim God’s death in your own lives and societies? Why do you steal food from the hungry, water from the thirsty, and clothing from the naked? Why do you build prisons rather than visiting those imprisoned, and abandon those in need rather than welcoming the stranger? How can the God of Jesus Christ live if those who take his name continually put his life’s work to death?
This death is the death Christians behold on the cross. On Good Friday, Christians observe Christ’s death, and not as innocent bystanders. Christians are morally implicated in Christ’s death by every action and system that harms any of “the least of these” that Jesus identified with himself in Matthew 25. No amount of anticipation of Sunday morning can wipe away the gravity of crucifying the most vulnerable. In fact, any anticipation of Sunday morning can easily fall into an excuse to minimize, gloss over, or even ignore Good Friday afternoon.”
Art: Christ on the Cross by Georges Rouault 1871 - 1958