How Can We Have Narnian Faith in a Screwtape World? – page 1




How Can We Have
Narnian Faith in a
Screwtape World?

by Russell Moore,
President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty
Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

BROADCAST TALKS presents ideas to cultivate Christ-like thinking and living. Each issue features a transcription of a talk presented at an event of The C. S. Lewis Institute. The following is adapted from a talk given by Russell Moore at the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Annual Fundraising Banquet, April 20, 2017, at the Fairview Park Marriott in Falls Church, Virginia.

heard a commencement speaker not long ago define success as eventually being able to face your eighteen- year-old, past-self who would not be disappointed in you and how you turned out. I actually don’t think that’s a very good definition of success, depending on how mature one was at the age of eighteen. But in my own life, I find that I define success as being able to face my fifteen-year- old, past-self with gospel credibility.

That’s because at the age of fifteen my life was upended. I was living in a Christian environment, very culturally Christian; everyone I knew was a member of a church. But there came a point at which I wondered whether Christianity was simply an appendage to southern culture or whether Christianity was really about a political agenda or an economic agenda or about keeping people behaviorally in line.

That was especially true when I would look around and see such a huge division between the sorts of ideals that some of the people in my culture talked about and the sorts of things they tolerated and lived with and practiced in their own homes and communities. And that was especially true when at that point in the late 1980s there was a rash of evangelical speculation about Bible prophecy, tying biblical passages to current events, seeing supermarket scanners as the Mark of the Beast of Revelation 13, Gog and Magog as the Soviet Union till the Soviet Union fell and became various other nations and groups. I noticed that when these prophecies didn’t come true the people who had been selling products, arguing that these were the fulfillment of those prophecies, didn’t go away. They didn’t apologize; they just continued on with the next prophetic fulfillment in marketing things to us.


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