From The Heart of Christianity (Marcus Borg, 2003.  Pg. 95-96)

“In her recent book about the working poor in America, Barbara Ehrenreich writes about going to a tent revival meeting in Portland, Maine.  The preacher’s theme was ‘Jesus on the cross’ and the importance of believing in him in order to go to heaven. As she listened to him and looked around at the mostly impoverished audience, she thought:

It would be nice if someone would read this sad-eyed crowd the Sermon on the Mount, accompanied by a rousing commentary on income inequality and the need for a hike in the minimum wage.  But Jesus makes his appearance here only as a corpse; the living man, the wine-guzzling vagrant and precocious socialist, is never once mentioned, nor anything he ever had to say.  Christ crucified rules, and it may be that the true business of modern Christianity is to crucify him again and again so that he can never get a word out of his mouth.”