At the center of the market place
As well as on the steeple of the church.
I reassert the truth that
Jesus was not crucified in a sanctuary
Between two candles:
But on a cross between two thieves,
In a town garbage heap;
At a crossroad of politics so cosmopolitan
That they had to write His title
In Hebrew and in Latin and in Greek…
And at the kind of place
Where cynics talk smut
And thieves curse and soldiers gamble.
That is where He died
And that is what He died about.
And that is where Christ’s followers are to be,
And what His people are to be about.
By George MacLeod