Posted by: Robin Foster | January 20, 2010

Great Commentary on Soren Kierkegaard: “Playing at Christianity”

Found this commentary on Soren Kierkegaard.  What is amazing about Kierkegaard is that he wrote in the first half of the 19th century.  What he was preaching back then is totally relevant for today.

The greatest enemy of Christianity, he argued, was “Christendom”—the cultured and respectable Christianity of his day. The tragedy of easy Christianity is that existence has ceased to be an adventure and a constant risk in the presence of God but has become a form of morality and a doctrinal system. Its purpose is to simplify the matter of becoming a Christian. This is just paganism, “cheap” Christianity, with neither cost nor pain, Kierkegaard argued. It is like war games, in which armies move and there is a great deal of noise, but there is no real risk or pain—and no real victory. Kierkegaard believed the church of his day was merely “playing at Christianity.”

Kierkegaard became increasingly convinced that his calling was in “making Christianity difficult.” He was to remind people of his day that to be truly Christian, one must become aware of the cost of faith and pay the price.

Mark Galli and Ted Olsen, 131 Christians Everyone Should Know (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 228.

Lord, may I never wince or shy away from being faithful to you when the difficulty of carrying my cross and following Jesus becomes too burdensome.  May I place my trust in your sovereign hands.  May I risk greatly for your glory!

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