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CVA Weekly Newsletter
March 20, 2013

  1. Activist Feedback
  2. Essay: Jesus Made to Be Sin
  3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman

1. Activist Feedback
Rick Hershey, who leafleted with David and Judy at a Winter Jam concert inLittle Rock, Arkansas, writes:
David, Judy, and I handed out 1500 CVA booklets, mostly to kids, today.  Everyone was polite, and most were receptive.  Thanks to Judy and David for their assistance in making this a successful endeavor! 

2. Essay: Jesus Made to Be Sin
This week, as promised, I will look at the challenging passage 2 Corinthians 5:21: For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
The Greek word translated as “made” can be used to describe someone giving a property to someone else, such as making a person rich by giving that person money. However, the story of Jesus as told in the Gospels shows Jesus making choices for himself, such as resisting temptations in the desert and choosing to follow divine will. (See, for example, Matthew 26:39.) Jesus was accused of sin by people, without any evident prompting by God. And, if God really were like a puppeteer, forcing people to do things, then human faith and service would be as meaningless as a computer that dutifully abides by the commands of its programmer.
God made Jesus (as God is the source of all life), and I think God desired that Jesus would choose to be the one whom we humans made into sin. Humans would heap sin upon Jesus, just as humans have heaped sin upon countless scapegoats. God was responsible for making Jesus to be sin only insofar as God expected this to happen, because this is the fate of prophets. I do not think that God desired for Jesus to suffer and die; God offered Jesus this tragic destiny because God wanted to end scapegoating violence. Therefore, I regard God as involved in Jesus’ death insofar as God empowered Jesus to expose the scapegoating process, but God did not orchestrate the Crucifixion. When Jesus defended victims and denounced victimizers, he scandalized both the Jewish and Roman authorities, making his crucifixion inevitable.
If we receive this crucial message, we will resist the natural human temptation to participate in the injustice and evil of the scapegoating process. In doing so, “we might become the righteousness of God.”
Stephen R. Kaufman, M.D. 

3. This Week’s Sermon from Rev. Frank and Mary Hoffman
From Captives to Children of God

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