Cling to Basic Truths . . .

15 Jan

In May of 1963, C. S. Lewis was interviewed by a representative of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.  Among other interesting questions and responses was the following:

Mr. Wirt:  Do you feel, then, that modern culture is being de-Christianized?

Lewis:  I cannot speak to the political aspects of the question, but I have some definite views about the de-Christianizing of the church.  I believe that there are many accommodating preachers, and too many practitioners in the church who are not believers.  Jesus Christ did not say “Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.”  The gospel is something completely different.  In fact, it is directly opposed to the world.

The case against Christianity that is made out in the world is quite strong.  Every war, every shipwreck, every cancer case, every calamity contributes to making a prima facie case against Christianity.  It is not easy to be a believer in the face of this surface evidence.  It calls for a strong faith in Jesus Christ.

[End of excerpt]

Not only does this response seem to me to be true in the context of this question — and as true today as it was 50 years ago – but by extension we might apply this same general line of reasoning to the entire conservative movement, perhaps especially to the attempted dismantling of the Constitution.  There are basic truths to which a successful culture, as well as a successful religion, must adhere in order to ensure continuing success.

Of course, the flip side is that Islamic fundamentalists could assert the same reasons for maintaining their radical positions in the face of substantial opposition.

Nothing is straightforward, is it?

[The interview in its entirety can be found in God in the Dock, an item titled “Cross- Examination”]

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