This quote from C.S Lewis is still bouncing around my heart and head. Probably because of the depth and relevance it has to us contemporary Christian folks.
‘There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit-immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously – no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner – no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment’
– ( 1949 The Weight of Glory and other Addresses, p.45)
Second is a video from Ed Kowalczyk (former ‘LIVE’ front-man). Some years back I purchased the album “Alive”, it’s well worth checking out if you’re looking for the gospel preached outside the C.C.M zone. This clip has the song ‘Zion’ from that album. It also includes a brief intro from him on dynamics, content and production.
3 thoughts on “C.S Lewis: Mere Tolerance Parodies Love”
I love it…
Yeh. Great song. Even better is the C.S Lewis find.
And who is going to cast the first “self-righteous” judgemental stone?
And doesnt the usual “self-righteous” Christian always (wrongly) presume/pretend that they are superior to mere mortal non-Christian GNATS”?
There is a truth-telling phrase/statement common in the world which says White Men Cant Dance. Such is a self-evident satement of fact to those who grow up and live in a Latin-Cuban and African-American culture.
Such is of course also the self-evident case for self-righteous Christians, especially those of the Protestant variety. Any and every one influenced by the humorless spirit-crushing poison of Calvinism and the double-minded Puritanism of white Protestant Amerika.
C S Lewis was the very archetypal example of such a rigidified anal-rententive personality.