Soren Kierkegaard: A Parable of Affluence Rather than the Simplicity of Christ

The following functions as a parable for those who let “worry” lead to the desire for financial security and eventually affluence, rather than choosing the simplicity of Christ.  Read the following in light of Matthew 6.25ff…

When the prosperous man on a dark but star-lit night drives comfortably in his carriage and has the lanterns lighted, aye, then he is safe, he fears no difficulty, he carries his light with him, and it is not dark close around him; but precisely because he has the lanterns lighted, and has a strong light close to him, precisely for this reason he cannot see the stars, for his lights obscure the stars, which the poor peasant driving without lights can see gloriously in the dark but starry night.  So those deceived ones live in the temporal existence: either, occupied with the necessities of life, they are too busy to avail themselves of the view, or in their prosperity and good days they have, as it were, lanterns lighted, and close about them everything is so satisfactory, so pleasant, so comfortable—but the view is lacking, the prospect, the view of the stars.[1]

[1] Gardner, Richard B.  Matthew: Believers Church Bible Commentary. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 1991, 134.

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