11 Sept 2020
Lewis was an English critic and novelist. Among his famous books are “The chronicles of Narnia, The Screwtape letters”. He studied at Oxford and was a professor at the university of Cambridge. In the process of trying to disprove the existence of God, he became convinced that God’s presence is undeniable.
1) “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world”.
Do we sometimes feel that we cannot ‘fit in’ with others and realise that what seem to satisfy others and give them a thrill do not draw us at all? Do we face situations where others do not seem to understand our values and principles? Take heart. You probably have been ‘born again’ and endowed with new desires and longings which are different from that of those who are earth-bound.
Lewis went on to write about judging by results seen in our lives.
2) “If Christianity is true why are not all Christians obviously nicer than all non-Christians? What lies behind the question is partly something very reasonable and partly something that is not reasonable at all. The reasonable part is this. If conversion to Christianity makes no improvements in a man’s outward actions – if he continues to be just as snobbish or spiteful or envious or ambitious as he was before – then I think we must suspect that his ‘conversion’ was largely imaginary; and after one’s original conversion, every time one thinks one has made an advance, that is the test to apply. Fine feelings ,new insights, greater interest in ‘religion’ mean nothing unless they make our actual behaviour better; ;just as in an illness ‘feeling better’ is not much good if the thermometer shows that your temperature is still going up. In that sense the outer world is quite right to judge Christianity by its results. Christ told us to judge by results. A tree is known by its fruit; or, as we say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world. The war-time posters told us that Careless talk cost Lives. It is equally true that Careless Lives cost Talk. Our careless lives set the outer world talking; and we give them grounds for talking in a way that throws doubt on the truth of Christianity itself”
What Lewis shared reminds us that the ‘gospel’ is not just seen in our ‘talk’ but also particularly in our ‘walk’. In his last book, John Stott lamented that often the gospel does not make headway because the messenger does not reflect the truth of the message he carries. Do not be discouraged by those who claim to be Christians and do not manifest the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit; ensure that we are approved by God in the depths of our hearts and conscience. It is before Him and His judgement seat that we have to appear to give an account. Let us not put His name to shame and let us live worthy of our high calling.