Tuesday, November 29, 2005

CQOD: 11/29/05 -- C. S. Lewis: the two Ways

Christian Quotation of the Day

November 29, 2005
Meditation:
    And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
    -- Matthew 6:5,6 (ESV)

Quotation:
    Holding [the Way of Affirmation], we see that every created thing is, in its degree, an image of God, and the ordinate and faithful appreciation of that thing a clue, which, truly followed, will lead back to Him. Holding [the Way of Rejection], we see that every created thing, the highest devotion to moral duty, the purest conjugal love, the saint and the seraph, is no more than an image; that every one of them, followed for its own sake and isolated from its source, becomes an idol whose service is damnation.
    ... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), Arthurian Torso [1948]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, reveal to me the idols in my life, that I might speedily abandon them.


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2 Comments:

Anonymous Neal Snyder said...

And it's funny how one's pursuit of rightousness becomes an idol itself, when rightousness is the goal, and not the Lord.

Another thought: I'd hate to be in the position I'm certain Lewis found himself, and Rick Warren probably finds himself today, being the spokesman for what appears to be rightousness for an entire generation.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Robert McAnally Adams said...

Dear brother Neal,
This idoloatry needs to be identified, but then it needs to be pitied. Our world groans under the burden of its idols (Isa. 46:1,2).
Perhaps righteousness is the heaviest:

If there were a righteousness which a man could have of his own, then we should have to concern ourselves with the question of how it can be imparted to him. But there is not. The idea of a righteousness of one's own is the quintessence of sin.
... Lesslie Newbigin (1909-1998)

Thanks for your note.

10:05 AM  

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