There is a scandal that has been around for over 2000 years. It has never made the front page of any tabloid, but has affected the lives of millions. It doesn't involve any celebs, although some are scandalized by it.
It's the scandal of the cross.
Paul, writing to the Galatians, refers to 'the offence [scandal] of the cross' (5:11). People find the cross offensive, scandalous.
Why is the cross of Christ a scandalous thing? There are a number of reasons:
1. It was a shameful death - to be crucified was the lowest, most shameful form of execution. To accept a crucified Saviour means we must swallow our pride.
2. It was a substitutionary death - when Christ died on the cross He became the substitute for all who believe in Him. The cross reminds me of my guilt and sinfulness.
3. It was a representative death - as a Christian, I died with Him. I died to sin, to self, to the world.
4. It was a judicial death - in the cross, God judged me and all that I stand for. The cross tells me that I am nothing.
Naturally, we don't like the message of the cross - and yet we need it! Whether an unbeliever or a believer, all God has to say to us is bound up in the cross.
In the very same letter to the Galatians, Paul says that he 'glories' [boasts] in the cross (6:14). What is naturally a scandalous thing has become a glorious thing!
Am I offended by the message of the cross, or do I glory in it?