But for Jesus, how we treat other human beings is anything but a distraction. It's the center of the gospel.
Rare is the person who wants hell to exist because they need it for themselves. We need hell as a convenient place to put all the people we hate. As an option for ourselves and our loved ones, well, hell becomes a lot less popular.
If God was there at the cross, and Jesus rose again, then God could still be here —even after death, even after suffering, after divorce and betrayal. And the theology of the cross that is Lutheran not only heals, but it indicts.
I will not be surprised if I hear that my son mistreats a woman or a girl, or if my son is involved in sexual harassment. I will remember that even though he is my beloved son, he is also a product of his culture, and I will care for the women and girls, and I will not attempt to discredit their truth, even if it harms my son.
It's a verse that has served to silence not only women but also people of color and anyone who dares to challenge the ruling class of white, conservative, Christian evangelical men.