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Friday, March 11, 2011
Lenten Reading Day 2--Following or Admiring?
One of my Lenten goals is to read some particularly "Lent-y" stuff and I'll share it here and elsewhere. Today, it's Soren Kierkegaard:
"Christ consistently used the expression 'follower.' He never asks for admirers, worshippers, or adherents. No, he calls disciples. . . It is not adherents of a teaching but followers of a life Christ is looking for. . . to admire Christ is the false invention of a later age. . . No, there is absolutely nothing to admire in Jesus, unless you want to admire poverty, misery, and contempt.
What then, is the difference between an admirer and a follower? A follower is or strives to be what he admires. An admirer, however, keeps himself personally detached. He fails to see that what is admired involves a claim upon him. . .
The admirer never makes any true sacrifices. He always plays it safe."
Soren Kierkegaard: "Followers Not Admirers," from Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard,, compiled and edited by Charles E. Moore. Farmington, PA: Plough Publishing House, 1999, as reprinted in Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter. Farmington, PA: Plough Publishing House, 2003.