Gerhard Forde on the Christian Life…

” The Christian life will be hidden to this world and inexplicable to it.  Sometimes –  perhaps most of the time – the Christian life will appear to follow quite ordinary, unspectacular courses, no doubt too ordinary for the world.  But sometimes it will appear to go quite contrary to what the world would deem wise, prudent, or even ethical…. Why should costly ointment be wasted on Jesus?… Why would it not be better to sell it and give the money to the poor?…Why should a Christian participate in an assasination plot?…The Christian life is tuned to the eschaltological vision, not to the virtues and heroics of this world….The attempt to break the hiddenness is precisely the dangerous thing.”

                                             – Gerhard Forde   (“The Christian Life”, Christian Dogmatics, 2:441)