and the pendulum swings again…
It is completely natural for people to feel strongly about something, and then later not strongly about the same issue. Or to really like something, and then later, maybe not like it so much. According to C.S. Lewis in The Screwtape Letters, this is called the Law of Undulation. It’s just a natural part of the human personality.
I had a conversation today with my brother-in-law (which a friend of mine abbreviates as BIL). So, Phil, my BIL, and I were talking and I mentioned how it really bugs me when people think another person is “not smart” if they don’t read or appreciate C.S. Lewis in the same way that they happen to. And it does. It bugs me. Just because a person is not a “die hard” doesn’t make them an idiot.
So, he reminded me that not so long ago, I was one of those people. Yes, I confess, I was. The problem, is that when I was reading books by authors like Lewis, Chesterton, Packer, and others, I didn’t really get what I was reading, I just thought I was smarter than other people simply because I was reading them. WRONG!!! In the past year or so, I’ve swung dramatically in the opposite direction. Not that I don’t like reading those books (’cause I still do), but now when I read them, I actually understand them more.
What is the opposite direction? Well, for me, it means that I’m making much more of an effort to LIVE my Christianity, rather than just talk about it or read about it. Do I think you can walk the walk, and have a whole bunch of head knowledge at the same time? Sure, I know plenty of people who do. But for me, I don’t think I’ve mastered the art of loving the head knowledge, and being able to apply it. Or maybe I have and I just don’t know it yet.
So, my pendulum has swung squarely in the “anti-intellectual-superiority” direction. Question? Does it make me have a different type of “superiority complex” because I’m “anti-intellectual-superiority” right now? Aggghhh… so much to (over)analyze (ooh, my favorite!)
I guess when it’s all said and done, it doesn’t matter what books you read, or don’t read. Those are not “make or break” issues. What matters is basic salvation. And that is not something you’re gonna get from any book, except of course, the bible!
End of rant.