As promised, we’re sharing an entry from Week 1 of the Lent 2022 devotional by Brandi Miller of “Reclaiming My Theology:
I do not ignore the theological and metaphysical interpretation of the Christian doctrine of salvation. But the underprivileged everywhere have long since abandoned any hope that this type of salvation deals with the crucial issues by which their days are turned into despair without consolation. The basic fact is that Christianity as it was born in the mind of this Jewish teacher and thinker appears as a technique of survival for the oppressed. That it became, through the intervening years, a religion of the powerful and the dominant, used sometimes as an instrument of oppression, must not tempt us into believing that it was thus in the mind and life of Jesus. “In him was life; and the life was the light of [humanity].” Wherever his spirit appears, the oppressed gather fresh courage; for he announced the good news that fear, hypocrisy, and hatred, the three hounds of hell that track the trail of the disinherited, need have no dominion over them.
How does this quote from Howard Thurman’s Jesus and the Disinherited (Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1949) challenge, affirm, or shape your understanding of the cross, atonement, Jesus’ death and resurrection?