Book Review on THE CROSS AND THE LYNCHING TREE BY JAMES H. CONE
THE CROSS AND THE LYNCHING TREE BY James H. Cone
James Cone talks of the lynching tree in the history of black people. He criticizes the white church for its indifference, and its taking part in the lynching of black people, and its support of racism or its indifference from liberal supporters. It is a book that brings home to me the same indictment today in both racism and homophobia. The Church either actively takes part in its condemnation of queers or it is indifferent. Elbert Hubbard describes the Church for the most part: "To avoid criticism--do nothing, say nothing, be nothing." Cone brings home for me the cross as the redemptive act of Jesus, and our call to crucifixion for justice. It is in the cross that we find life. Racism is alive and well in our prison system, in the way white police treat black men, and homophobia is alive and well through out society and is killing people and we are called to take up our cross, and to be crucified until justice is brought forth. Christianity is an opiate when it lulls us into our apathy, it is alive and well when we are called to justice, and called to the cross. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!