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You seem to have missed Kierkegaard's point entirely. You can go to church fully enamored with Jesus, you can read the Bible to the exclusion of all other books, you can spend all your money on Christ's mission and welcome your Christian sisters and brothers into your home every day, and you will still only be pretending to be Christian. That's all we can do--pretend. That's all Kierkegaard ever thought he was doing. He saw claiming the title of Christian as a sort of arrogance.

You, however, seem to be suggesting we throw the baby out with the bathwater, a put-up-or-shut-up approach to Christianity. I don't know how you've developed these canonical standards of what good Christians must do to stay in the club, but they seem arbitrary. Nice qualities to have, I suppose, but none of them are prerequisites for faith. Sure, Jesus told one rich, young man that the price to follow him was to sell all he had and give it to the poor, but if you read the gospels and come away thinking that Jesus wanted full devotion and nothing less, I think you've missed the point. He was willing to take people as they were, spotty church attendance records and all.

Don't stop pretending to be Christian; it's the only way of being-Christian in our world. Stop assuming that being Christian is an attainable goal; love God and His creation as best you can; and accept that the gift of your imperfect, far-from-Christian life is still a gift, nonetheless.



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Date:Oct 1, 2013
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