But how did you come to us, you dear?
God thought about you, and so I am here.
Okay. Raise your hand if you know the answer. You’ve heard of C.S. Lewis, right? Exactly. The guy who wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia” and other books. He was a professor, a writer, and an apologist. Never mind what that means. So who was Lewis’s chief influence, besides Christ of course? What writer did the great writer read? Anyone know? Ever hear of a man named George MacDonald?
Like many people, I had never heard of him until a few years ago, but George MacDonald has been very influential. He was a preacher and writer in the mid to late 1800s from Scotland. His books were, at the time, some of the best sellers in all of Britain. He was a contemporary of such writers as Twain and Dickens, and he very well regarded at the time.
So why don’t people know who he is? Why was Lewis only able to find the book that changed his life in the dusty bin of a London book seller?
It seems that MacDonald has been subject to the same fate as many noted Christian writers and thinkers. He is completely disregarded by a secular society that believes reason is a product of self-thought rather than something produced when we listen to God. Any Christian writer is relegated to the back burner of the literary world these days (unless they produce heresy…I’m looking at you William P. Young). It could be that the writing isn’t that good or that Christian writers just aren’t producing what readers want. That second reason is probably pretty close to the answer. Christian writers aren’t producing books that the general public wants to read. Why is that?
Many of these posts deal with something called secular humanism, even though I may not use that term. It is the belief that every person controls their own destiny. Not only that, it also dismisses the existence of a Creator and the need for a Savior. Thus, it is an anti-Christian worldview that seems to have control of a large number of people in the United States.
How did I get here? I started with a seed that is a snippet from one of one of George MacDonald’s poems (which I will explain) and a question about CS Lewis to secular humanism. Believe me, the thread is consistent.
George MacDonald, and other writers like him, once held a prominent place in the literary world. Which means that they also once held a prominent place in society. The reason for that place wasn’t who they were, but Who they proclaimed. People, both in Europe and the US once actually believed what the Bible teaches. Not so much anymore.
Now, if we do have a Christian (?) author who breaks out, it is usually because they have yielded to the secular humanism of the day. I realize that there are some Christian authors and media personalities who truly follow Christ and still do well while proclaiming the truth of the gospel, but they are few…very, very few. This is unfortunate, but it is not a death knell. God is in control and He will get His message out.
He can use any medium (preaching, books, video, etc.). Now it seems that the Truth is making a comeback on YouTube and other similar sources. There are myriad videos on YouTube that proclaim the Truth of Jesus Christ. There is always good news and people coming to the Word even if He seems to be diminished.
So what does the seed have to do with any of this?
In the poem, a narrator is questioning Jesus about why He has come. The last line is the one I quoted. I like the line “God thought about you, and so I am here.” Simple as that. We are always in God’s thoughts…have always been. Christ came because each and every one of us is in God’s thoughts.
Why should we worry about the growing secularization of our world? Because God calls on us to care about people as He always has and to spread His message. But also we should not dwell on increasing secularization. No matter what happens, God always has His mind on you; God is always in control. ALWAYS!