Thursday, January 11, 2007

Now I Understand

I had heard so many graduation speeches or sermons or blogs talk about C.S. Lewis I would get all snooty and thought he was played out. Now I know why so many people are just enamored with his writings. Some of us are going through "The Screwtape Letters" and i've been listening to "Mere Christianity" on audiobook. It's just nuts. Here's one good selection:

"One of our great allies at present is the Church itself...when he goes inside, he sees the local grocer with rather an oily expression on his face bustling up to offer him one shiny little book containing lituragy neither of them can understand...When he gets to his pew and round him he sees just that selection of his neighbours whom he has hitherto avoided...Provided that any of those neighbors sing out of tune, or have botts that squeak, or double chines, or odd clothes, the patient will quite easily believe that their religion must therefore be somehow ridiculous." (pgs 5-6) Written as a letter from one demon giving advice to another in securing a human soul for hell.

It's easy to have some high ideal of what church is like. But it's filled with people with a bunch of problems, just like me and you. Sometimes as a church staff member you can read so many books about leading or evangelising or discipling that you get so puffed up and concerned about the forest that you dont' take care of the trees. I hope that is as profound as it felt to type, or at least makes sense. More from Mr. Lewis soon i'm sure.


Matt said...

Lewis' take on things is timeless. The names and faces have changed with time but the human condition remains the same.

Enjoy "Screwtape". "Mere Christianity" has done more for me and my understanding of what God wants from me than anything I've ever read.

Anonymous said...

Enjoy C. S. Lewis---good for you

The Millers-Because we like it Original! said...

I absolutely LOVE the Screwtape Letters. It is one of my favorite books. I remember it was when I began to realise just how real spiritual warfare can be. I've decided once I finally catch all the way up, I'm sending you an email. I have tons of questions to ask.