Thursday, January 12, 2017

Avoiding God

Here are some time-honored tips for avoiding God.

Avoid silence, avoid solitude, avoid any train of thought that leads off the beaten track. Concentrate on money, sex, status, health and (above all) on your own grievances. Keep the radio on. Live in a crowd. Use plenty of sedation. If you must read books, select them very carefully. But you’d be safer to stick to the papers. You’ll find the advertisements helpful; especially those with a sexy or a snobbish appeal.

Ah, the inimitable C.S. Lewis!

We’ve been God-dodgers from our genesis it seems. But there’s a problem. The great difficulty in avoiding God is namely this: He’s terribly conspicuous.

Probably no one has ignored Him altogether but it’s certainly not from lack of trying. (Did you ever try really hard to not think about something or someone?)

Lewis himself gave atheism his best shot; but in the end, his faith in no-God couldn’t withstand Love’s relentless pursuit.

You must picture me alone in that room . . . night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms. The Prodigal Son at least walked home on his own feet. But who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? (Surprised By Joy, p. 125)

God’s neither lost nor hiding. He’s clearly seen in the beautiful face of Jesus Christ. Wherever you are, God is there. Open your eyes and bask in the view. 

4 comments:

  1. Wow...you'd think CSLewis was living in the present day.

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    1. You're absolutely right, Jeff. It makes me think of a Yogi Berra quote: "The more things change the more they stay the same."

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