June 15, 2005

C.S. Lewis on depravity

This is a poem by C.S. Lewis that basically echoes scripture when it says, that there is no one that does good, not even one...

"All this is flashy rhetoric about loving you. I never had a selfless thought since I was born. I am mercenary and self-seeking through and through; I want God, you, all friends, merely to serve my turn.

Peace, reassurance, pleasure, are the goals I seek,
I cannot crawl one inch outside my proper skin;
I talk of love - a scholar's parrot may talk Greek -
But, self-imprisoned, always end where I begin."

Donald miller has this to say...

"I know now, from experience, that the path to joy winds through a dark valley. I think every well-adjusted human being has dealt squarely with his or her own depravity. I realize this sounds very Christian, very fundamentalist and browbeating, but I want to tell you this part of what Christians are saying is true. I think Jesus feels strongly about communicating the idea of our broknenness, and I think it is worth reflection. Nothing is going to change in the Congo (or anywhere else out there)until you and I figure out what is wrong with the person in the mirror."

It's so easy to point fingers. To look at all the problems out there; in society, in other people. However, the problems out there often arise from the issues that rage inside these walls of my heart.

Considering these things, Paul once said, thank God for Christ! So, we're not just looking for better versions of our selves...we're looking for Christ in us!

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