Why do we call it Good Friday?
Scholars have no answer. The most common explanation is that it was called God’s Friday and this slid into Good Friday. Not very convincing is it?
The harder truth may be that someone was trying to justify what happened–that God had a purpose in Jesus dying. Yet, God is not a sadist. God did not send Jesus to earth to be killed.
At the same time, God uses everything.
I read today about an 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, who hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the situation. He was hung on a different cross.
The outcry against bullying in schools is growing. Will Carl’s horrible death save others?
Good Friday can only be “good” if it helps us to strengthen our resolve to resist the very things that led to Jesus’ and Carl’s deaths: religious rigidity and narrow-mindedness, spineless political leaders, mindless mobs.