Why So Serious?

The following is an excerpt from a correspondence between two demons outlining strategies they use against the Church – the letter was intercepted by the CIA (Christian who Invented Aslan) in 1942:

“My Dear Wormwood,

Your patient has become humble; have you drawn his attention to the fact? All virtues are less formidable to us once the man is aware that he has them, but this is especially true of humility. Catch him at the moment when he is really poor in spirit and smuggle into his mind the gratifying reflection, “By jove! I’m being humble”, and almost immediately pride – pride at his own humility – will appear. If he awakes to the danger and tries to smother this new form of pride, make him proud of his attempt – and so on, through as many stages as you please. But don’t try this too long, for fear you awake his sense of humor and proportion, in which case he will merely laugh at you and go to bed.

Your affectionate uncle,

C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, Chapter 14.

Do you think of humility as thinking less of yourself or thinking of yourself less? Is it possible that we don’t perform better by dwelling on the condition of our performance, but by dwelling on God’s unconditional love?

Did you ever think that the devil’s greatest weapon against Christians might not be that we take our sin too lightly, but that we take ourselves too seriously? Is it possible that grace in Christ doesn’t just free us to hate our sin, but to laugh at ourselves?

Col 2:20-23, Col 3:1-3, 2 Cor 11:30


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