Pilgrim orientation Sharon Hollis and Mark Kickett

‘Baghdad Christ’ by Wes Campbell was painted at the time of the attack on that city with ‘shock and awe’. Millions of people walked in the streets, petitioned governments, held prayer vigils, resisted the lie about weapons of mass destruction, attempting to stop the bombing and invasion of Iraq. The cry of anguish at such destruction and human death and suffering is uttered by Jesus on his cross, for every person abused , tortured, and murdered. Here God suffers with those who suffer. That cry of anguish also refuses to believe that this death is the only power at work here. God is present, and by taking on the suffering opens up the way into a different future, free for life.

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