Big news came out that C. S. Lewis was once a “secret government agent” for Britain’s MI6 in the early years of WWII.
This sounds much more exciting than the reality. It boils down that Lewis did a lecture on Norse literature broadcast to the inhabitants of Iceland to win over the Icelanders to the British cause of knocking out Germany.
So yeah, not exactly James Bond, and, quite frankly, rather click-baitish headlining.
Anyhoo, in the excitement over Lewis, his quotes are popping up around the internets. A great one of which I was reminded of:
“If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable,
I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.”
This claim seems rather silly in our day. Christianity has become all too comfortable. Our most famous preachers bask in the glow of celebrity, whereas the famous preachers of the past sometimes basked in the glow of the burning stake they were tied to.
Evangelical believers think the best proof of a Christian testimony is how suburban looking we are. How well our kids are doing. How “smoking hot” our wife is. How big our church is. How many cups of coffee we drink before church. How we use our phone to read the Bible, etc.
I suppose there’s nothing inherently wrong about any of those things, but when we make material success proof of spiritual success, we do miss the boat.
When Christianity is done right, the spiritual takes priority over the physical. This often shows itself through physical cost.
As the believer learns more about new life in Christ, he disentangles himself from the cares of the world. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. What man esteems, God despises.
Yet we continue to kid ourselves that the American Dream is also Jesus’ dream for us. We continue to find justifications for our carnal, flesh-focused minds as we drift into lukewarm apathy.
We use our apathy as proof of our supposed contentment. What we have is not actually biblical contentment, but rather worldly comfort.
C. S. Lewis, the definer of mere Christianity, knew Christianity had a cost, that it messed with life, that it was the great destroyer of comfort.
I wonder what we’ve lost in the last 50 years that he saw?