“For I determined to to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
Paul refused to enter into the contest of relevancy that spoke only to the issues of the day. His use of the perfect passive participle, “crucified,” is a grammatical indicator that while the cross is a past tense event it continues to have a present tense effect. In other words, while issues and circumstances change, the cross is constant. Circumstances are symptomatic. The answer to the disease that plagues humankind is the cross and carrying it in a way that is transformational.