Christ, the cross, and the marketplace

Something to think about at the beginning of the workweek…

I simply argue that the cross must be raised again at the center of the marketplace as well as on the steeple of the church. I am recovering the claim that Christ was not crucified in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves; on the town garbage-heap; at a crossroad so cosmopolitan that they had to write His title in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek; at the kind of place where cynics talked smut, and thieves cursed, and soldiers gambled. Because that is where He died and that is what He died about, that is where the churchmen should be and what the churchmen should be about. (George MacLeod, as quoted in Tentmaking: Business as Missions, p. 4)

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