Time For Truth

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Exchanging soul for self

As I am working on a paper and beginning the process of a dissertation, a particular quote keeps coming to mind from C.S. Lewis’ The Abolotion of Man:

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise.  We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” (p.35)

I have come to believe that much of our Christian education has become entertainment, which comes from a pragmatic philosophy of education.   We must consider if we are gifting our young people with a love for wisdom, the Gospel, God’s Word and learning.  Or are we simply amusing them to death?  Are we making “men without chests”? 


November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. You are exactly right… are now there is no expectation for other, no shock at the courseness of life… only impotent, amused mirth echoing off the crumbling walls of Western culture. Reminds me of what I read of Jerusalem in the 60’s. But I’m not pessimistic; I believe in Resurection from (and for) the Death. Tom Kushman

    Comment by Tom Kushman | November 25, 2008

  2. Tom,
    There is always great hope in our Lord and Savior, who can and does redeem us, our time, and our work.

    It is very good to hear from you Tom. Welcome to my blog.

    In Him,

    Comment by Adel | November 25, 2008

  3. Very happy to make connection again! Oops… last word of my original comment should have been Dead, rather than “Death”. Great Blessings to you. Tom

    Comment by Tom Kushman | November 26, 2008

  4. Adel,

    As a fan of CS Lewis, I greatly appreciate your post. As Tom points out, society has become so course that the ability to shock people with outrageous behavior has become the measuring stick for how many people judge talent. The most surefire way to be noticed today is to do something just a little bit more outrageous that the previous guy. How long will it be until we put men in a cage like the Romans did and watch them fight until one is nearly dead. OH WAIT, that is on channel 32! Thankfully, there IS great hope in God’s word –

    Philippians 2

    1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

    God’s Blessing to you. Rob

    Comment by Rob Sayler | November 26, 2008

  5. Hi Rob,

    We dearly miss you and your family. It is wonderful being able to hear from you.

    You are right…we are living in times that desperately need to hear words of truth and real love.

    Comment by Adel | November 28, 2008

  6. Adel,

    It is so incredibly refreshing to see someone writing about truth, wisdom and Christ’s love, and how they effect culture. I, too, have been grieving lately about the lack of substance in ‘Christian’ education and the absence of depth it creates in our young people. It’s lovely to provide social experiences in a Christian setting, but are they really a substitute for Bible study? Does the ability to play the latest praise and worship songs in a band make up for lack of moral fiber? Does the unrelenting self esteem building really give kids what they need to stand in a corrupt culture?

    The defining moment for me has been realizing how few of my young friends in Christ have any regard at all for the unborn. That reality has me determined to speak the truth about the sanctity of every, single human life, “disabled” or not, impoverished or not, convenient or not. I believe this disregard for life has its roots in the squishy, entertaining, peace-and-social-justice gospel that has taken the place of strong Biblical teaching. They really don’t seem to know that Christ’s love isn’t doled out on the basis of political correctness!

    Sorry for venting, brother! It’s just so good to find like minds. Anxious to read more of your blog posts and the thoughtful responses of others!

    Comment by Kate Eaton | December 4, 2008

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