Summary: That we cannot sit and do nothing..we have to Get Up and become active in our Christianity
One of my favorite children series of books is written by Christian author C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia. Every two years I take these books off the shelf and re-read them and they always seem to have a different lesson for me.
The following dialogue appears in C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia (1961, New York: Macmillan, 1950, C.S. Lewis PTE. LTD.). In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Susan and Lucy ask Mr. and Mrs. Beaver to describe Aslan. They ask if Aslan is a man. Mr. Beaver replies.
“Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-Beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
In The Chronicles of Narnia, Aslan is C.S. Lewis’ representation of Jesus Christ. He is depicted as the great lion, the king of wild beasts, who is anything but “safe.” But, Lewis adds, he is good.
What do you think about Jesus? Have you domesticated him? Is he safe and non-threatening to you and the way you want to live your life? If you have that image of Jesus—the meek and mild Jesus who doesn’t make any demands on you, then you have a wrong image of Jesus. He is not safe. But he is good. It takes courage—a radical commitment—to follow Jesus. Christianity is not a religion for sissies. When you give your life to Christ, you put your life on the line. Are you willing?
What a way to start a sermon—Today I am not taking it lightly. Today I am hitting you right in the face with the tough questions. Today is a wiggle and squirm sermon. One where I don’t want you to feel or be comfortable.
Too often we, and that includes me, we Christians get comfortable and complacent in our seats. Too often, it’s the same people doing the same things. And too often now we have consumer ideals for the church.
It’s easy to come into the building every Sunday and sit and listen to the sermon. It’s also very easy not to get too involved because after all who are we to interfere—“they” are doing such a great job.
And it is so easy for us to say what can the church do for me—we are consumers—not what can we do for the church. If I go to such and such church they have this for me and not if I want to make a change at this church I can do….you fill in the blank. We have become consumer’s in our outlook of the church. We have become buyers and not shareholders in today’s churches. We look at the church as a product not as something that we have ownership of.
The hard part in any aspects of our lives is change…oh my how we hate change…so that word and people freeze up or they run so fast that there is smoke flying behind them…