Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Faith things: Clive.

Yesterday's reading from this book has really stuck with me...

This is the whole of Christianity. There is nothing else. It is so easy to get muddled about that. It is easy to think that the Church has a lot of different objects-education, building, missions, holding services. Just as it is easy to think the State has a lot of different objects-military, political, economic, and what not. But in a way things are much simpler than that. The State exists simply to promote and to protect the ordinary happiness of human beings in this life. A husband and wife chatting over a fire, a couple of friends having a game of darts in a pub, a man reading a book in his own room or digging in his own garden-that is what the State is there for. And unless they are helping to increase and prolong and protect such moments, all the laws, parliaments, armies, courts, police, economics, etc., are simply a waste of time. In the same way the Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible itself, are simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose. It is even doubtful, you know, whether the whole universe was created for any other purpose.
-C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity

that's all I have for today.
{well, really I have lots. But I'm being a negative nancy about my lack of picture taking options {camera is on the bday list!} and the need to clean house. Thankful the sun is shining and I have book calling my name as soon as the dishes are done and a workout has occurred :D}

happy wednesday, friends! 


Sam W. said...

i need to buy this book. loving everything from c.s. lewis!

Emily said...

This is great and so very true.

I hope you got your book in while in the sunshine and can relax a bit. =)

Mary Nevin said...

mere christianity is one of my favorite books!! that and the kingdom of god is within you are the books that changed my life. so glad you shared this quote, it re-centered me :)

Ashley said...

i need to buy this book! love this quote!

Megan said...

I always love C.S. Lewis! Thanks for sharing! And I really hope you get that camera soon! : )