So also it is with playing Christianity, that is, imitating Christian preaching in such a way that everything, absolutely everything is included in as deceptive a form as possible–only one thing is lacking . . . the danger.
[Søren Kierkegaard, Attack Upon Christendom, trans. Walter Lowrie (1944; reprint, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1968), 180. Borrowed from http://www.kairosjournal.org
Where is the danger in Christianity? Is there any challenge? What is the hope? Some church people won't even talk to others if those others talk like this. "They actually believe that there can be a danger!" they say. Did God send prophets to promise Israel a free ride to a candy-coated oblivion? Did Jesus bring such a message?
Jesus said if we want to win, we've got to learn to lose, to be the chief means to wash feet, and to find life means yielding our lives to Him. Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, "When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die." So why do millions risk their lives in hostile countries to claim his name? Stay tuned!
[Painting, Crucifixion, Emile Nolde, 220.5 x 193.5 cm, Oil on Canvas, 1912]