As we continue to prepare ourselves for the Gathering, the youth and adult leaders took some time to discover the Theology of the Cross and why that is important to us as Lutheran Christians.
We learned first that God in the person of Jesus Christ is calling us to live by:
- faith, not by sight
- hope, not consummation
- love, not power
Once we explored these ideas, we discovered that they came as a product of four acts of God through Christ’s death on the cross:
- Solidarity: God actively pursues solidarity with humanity in Christ.
- Suffering: Christ intentionally suffers with, for and because of us.
- Reality: Christ’s solidarity and suffering exposes the reality of evil.
- Resurrection: In Christ, God redeems, bringing new life from suffering and death.
We saw that as we travel to Detroit this summer, and throughout the rest of our lives, we are called to be theologians of the cross. Continue reading