Friday, April 13, 2007

But for Grace...

Lynnette Horner sent this C.S. Lewis quote to me that she has framed on her desk!

Every poet and musician and artist, but for Grace, is drawn away from love of the thing he tells, to love of the telling till, down in Deep Hell, they cannot be interested in God at all but only in what they say about Him."

~~C.S. Lewis in "The Great Divorce there is a thought provoking statement if there ever was one!

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Blogger Jim Thompson said...

Much of Lewis's wisdom deserves diligent study. The problem with this particular statement is he qualifies it to "creatives." In fact, everyone's life is a story in progress, and the drawing away of which Lewis speaks is seen when one becomes more concerned with the telling, than with of the essence, of who he is.

Since you admitted this is a thought-provoking statement I'll risk extrapolating: Many "Christians" are, in fact, not believers in Christ Jesus at all. Rather, they are believers in and lovers of their religious expression of Him. You will know them by their pride in their doctrinal "correctness," and their willingness to disrespect those who disagree with them.

And I'm afraid we all know them. More tragically, we may see one of them in the mirror without recognizing him.

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