Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Screwtape can still teach us some things!

Who is Screwtape?
Ahh c'mon. Are you serious? Okay maybe you are. Screwtape is a character created by the late great C.S. Lewis. You truly need to pick up a copy of the book, The ScrewTape Letters.

C. S. Lewis's Screwtape advised his nephew Wormwood: "Once you have made the world an end and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours."

What is the point anyway? Why do we do what we do anyway?
Is it simply because we want to be the best we can be or that we want to feed as many people as we can or raise as many people as we can out of their poverty?
Notice these are admirable things, however it is not really what we are shooting for is it?
What we are supposed to be shooting for is Kingdom living. That means that we live our life like the ruler of it all is Jesus Christ. We don't go around doing things because it feels good or because WE have to make a difference. Instead what it means is that everything that we do and everything that we accomplish comes from the source and is for the source. That source is of course Jesus Christ.

When we get our priorities mixed up and shifted around what we tend to do is to make decisions based upon what we want and simply on what makes us feel good inside. Instead we are called to be obedient children an we need to realize that sometimes being obedient means doing things we do not want to do with and for people and reasons we do not like or agree with but simply because God is calling us to do them.

Screwtape has it right; when we get caught up in ourselves and the process becomes the goal...we are drifting away from what God wants from us. When we care more about promoting the "Evangelical Agenda" then we do about being evangelical we are in trouble. When we care more about Social Justice issues then we do about justice we are in trouble.

It is easy to get yourself lost, it is harder to get back on track, yet that is what we are called to do. So I say that perhaps it is time for us to set aside our meetings and our agendas and try to remember it is about God and God's agenda.

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