Claiborne, Ch. 8 “Jesus Made Me Do It”

August 17, 2008

I’ve always loved C. S. Lewis. I grew up on the Chronicles of Narnia and the science fiction trilogy. I’ve heard sermons and talks and lessons on this precise excerpt from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe about Aslan the lion who is not safe but is good (228). I think about all the times I’ve run to God for protection, feeling safe in the hollow of his hand or under the shadow of his wings or hidden in his strong tower. And God is not safe? The Old Testament God defended against enemies, a violent and angry, vengeful kind of defense. God was certainly not safe for those outside the kingdom of Israel. And for those within? I think of Achan who the ground swallowed up because he stole the devoted things, or even of the New Testament Ananias and Saphira who were struck dead for withholding from the community. But this is all God the judge, and God is also merciful. Is that what it means for God to be not safe but good?

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