Love this Quote by C.S. Lewis

“Enemy-occupied territory—that is what this world is. Christianity is the story of how the rightful king has landed, you might say landed in disguise, and is calling us to take part in a great campaign of sabotage.”

Christians are all part of the great sabotage of the works of the enemy, which MRFF is just one of those enemies!!
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Hi (name withheld) –

Now here is someone whom we can discuss to whatever length you desire, C.S. Lewis.  I’ve been a big fan for a number of years.
I’m going to guess that you have probably not read his books yourself and that you rely upon memes and such on the internet as your source of what to think of Lewis. This quote that you’ve shared is a great example — from what I gather, you seem to suggest that Lewis advocated for the sabotage of earthly institutions.  If that is the case, then you really don’t understand Lewis at all.  Above all else, he was a big believer in what God can do to transform lives one person at a time. He was not one to incite revolution.
For example, take this quote from his book, Mere Christianity –   “Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.”
See how he is talking about the influence that God should have in our personal lives? He certainly is not suggesting that we go out and knock down someone else’s house.  Nor is he advocating, in the quote which you’ve shared, some other sort of earthly sabotage or disruption. Above all else, C.S. Lewis was a peace-loving gentleman; we’d do well to emulate him in that regard, yes?
I’ll close with one other observation from Lewis, upon which you might reflect, from his book, The Weight of Glory –  “If we thought we were building up a heaven on earth, if we looked for something that would turn the present world from a place of pilgrimage into a permanent city satisfying the soul, we are disillusioned…”
Mike Challman

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1 Comment

  1. Gregory Wolak

    Nice try Mike. I read “Mere Christianity” years ago but had forgotten this quote. I take this quote literally and you try to explain it away. What is the “sabotage” that Lewis speaks of? It is loving one’s enemies. It is speaking the truth in love. It is living a righteous Biblical lifestyle, It is not returning evil with evil. It is doing the right thing in honor of the King. Doing these things in enemy territory is dangerous and will incite the enemy’s wrath but that is what all true “Christian saboteurs” need to do.

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