According to the Reverend Kay Campbell, the Passion of Jesus Christ on the cross is a kind of pornography and may even teach Christians that violence is okay.
“I can’t help but fear that Christians who interpret Christ’s torture as an instrument of salvation can imbibe with that inspiration a kind of theological justification for cruelty,” she writes on the website, “Red Letter Christians.” She suggests that Christ’s death as God’s way of paying for our sins is “weirdly pagan” and that Christians who think this way are more likely to support torture.
But as one commentator pointed out, if merely remembering and depicting violence against innocents breeds more violence, we’d better shut down our Holocaust museums and avoid most historical movies. And, we’d have to trade in real Christianity for what H. Richard Neihbuhr described as: "A God without wrath bringing men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross."
It may be tough to see, but the cross is what God offers. Take it or leave it. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.