Jürgen Moltmann, a German theologian about whom I’ve written a couple of posts looks at God not from on high, but from the perspective of a God broken on the cross. God is a God who suffers for us and with us.
I think this is the best way to think about God, but I’m not sure how much comfort it provides. I write this post within several weeks of the death of my wife after a long and painful illness. I’m sure it makes a difference in my attitude toward Moltmann.
The Crucified God, the work Moltmann claimed as his favorite, wrestles with Christ’s cry of abandonment, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” (Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani). It is with these words, and the image of a dying Christ on the cross, with which all serious thought about God must begin.