Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Jesus Shakes His Head in Disappointment

"In the splendid palace chapel a stately court preacher, the cultivated public's elite, advances before an elite circle of fashionable and cultivated people and preaches emotionally on the text of the Apostle, 'God chose the lowly and despised'--and nobody laughs."

Soren Kierkegaard

And Luke's Jesus shakes his head in utter disappointment as the rich young rulers continue to serve themselves instead of the poor.

Thanks to my good friend Gary Holloway for alerting me to this gem of a quote which appears in Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Soren Kierkegaard, ed. Charles Moore (Orbis Books, 2003), p. xix.

12 Comments:

At 2:58 PM, Blogger Jim Martin said...

John Mark,
What an awesome quote by Kierkegaard! How sobering...

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Ben Overby said...

John Mark,

I'm happy to see you're back at the blog. I love Kierkegaard and his relentless critique of institutionalized religion. Thanks for sharing the quote.

Ben
http://benoverby.wordpress.com

 
At 9:39 PM, Blogger Bobby Cohoon said...

Nice quote!

Bobby
http://littlesorrel.blogspot.com

 
At 9:33 PM, Blogger Royce Ogle said...

Sobering. When said well it doesn't take many words does it?

Grace and Peace,
Royce Ogle

 
At 8:22 AM, Blogger K. Rex Butts said...

Brother Hicks,

I know you and I share a love for the Chicago Cubs (a classic mark of intelligence) but are you also a Chicago Bears fan?

This has nothing to do with your blog, bit I thought I would ask any ways.

 
At 9:54 PM, Blogger Neva said...

Great quote. Have been to visit several times.

Peace to you,
Neva

 
At 1:39 PM, Blogger elman said...

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At 11:47 AM, Blogger Adam Gonnerman said...

Food for thought. This is sort of how Americans look to the third world.

 
At 6:22 PM, Blogger Paula Harrington said...

Very nice quote. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 8:36 AM, Blogger TREY MORGAN said...

Welcome back

 
At 11:20 PM, Blogger danieltomlinson said...

How appropriate that I just listened to a sermon you preached at SV back in January on Crossing Boundaries. He's constantly comforting us when we are afflicted and afflicting us when we are comfortable.

 

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