The Practical Conclusion
Lewis closes up this segment (this book, really) quite well. He has circled into the basics of Christianity from a far-off point, getting into the meat of why man exists. Here he takes some time to look at what it means to be a Christian, and how we are able to line ourselves up with Christ.
I like how Lewis points out that being a Christian is more than just following Jesus’ teachings. There truly is so much more than simply running through a daily checklist to our faith. Baptism, Communion and belief are crucial to connection with our Creator. Each still possesses some level of mystery (as they rightly should), yet is very obviously connected to how we maintain a unity with God. I also enjoyed how Lewis points out that our belief of virtually everything else in existence today comes from what someone else said or wrote. Yet we are encouraged to question the validity of Christianity based on the early writings, yet we are accused of intellectual stupidity (at the very least) to question anything in the sciences or history that exists outside the Scriptures. This has always confused me a little bit.
Lewis also makes a great point about how we as Christians are not perfect, but we are people who are able to repent and pick ourselves up after we stumble, because Christ is inside us, repairing us constantly. God does not love us because we do good things. We do good because God loves us. Lewis also draws a very good point about God’s enjoyment of matter. We were not designed to be purely Spiritual beings.
Finally from this chapter, I love how Lewis points out that we are being given an opportunity to side with God now. That those who would demand for Him to step into the world now and act directly in their behalf (or on others’) would actually be demanding the end of the world. The author does not step out onto the stage until the play is finished. Why should we expect the Author of Creation to step into His creation before the end of the act?