What do you do when the hymns we sing reinforce a theology which is, and continues to be, detrimental to the marginalized, those who liberationist theologian Jon Sobrino called “the Crucified People”?
“Would you be free from the burden of sin? There’s power in the blood, power in the blood; Would you over evil a victory win? There’s wonderful power in the blood,” one hymn states. “There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb.”
We have so embraced a theology of substitution that to question its authenticity feels as if we are on the verge of heresy. And yet, this theology of substitution is but an interpretation — an interpretation which, at best, is wrong and, at worse, damning to the disenfranchised.
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