The cartoon reminds me of Brian McLaren, of the emergents, who believes that Jesus didn’t come to Earth to go to the cross (for that would have been spiritual child abuse on the part of God), but Jesus was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got crucified because of what he said and did.
BTW – I like the Jesus with the rifle and Jesus with the hand grenade in the banner. It made me LOL.
The only person who ever made a “child abuse” analogy to the cross in recent discussion was Steve Chalke, who is not emergent. Brian Mclaren has never said anything like that comment, nor has any other emergent that I’ve ever read or talked to.
Our central lie is in the discrepancy between the language of worship and the actions of worship. We confess “Jesus is Lord” but only submit to the part of Christ’s authority that fits our grand personal designs, doesn’t cause pain, doesn’t disrupt the American dream, doesn’t draw us across ethnic and racial divisions, doesn’t add the pressure of too much guilt, doesn’t mean forgiving as we have been forgiven, doesn’t ask for more than a check to show compassion. We “sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs” expressing our desire to know Jesus, but the Jesus we want to know is the sanitized Jesus that looks a lot like us when we think we are at our best. Despite God’s Word to the contrary, we think we can say that we love God and yet hate our neighbor, neglect the widow, forget the orphan, fail to visit the prisoner, ignore the oppressed. Its the sign of disordered love. When we do this, our worship becomes a lie to God. -Mark Labberton