CS Lewis simply called his essay, “Some Thoughts,” and in it, he wrestled with one of the great paradoxes of Christian faith. We often times talk about how we ought to be in the world but not of the world. Lewis saw this tension clearly as Christians have done so many great things in the world like found hospitals, establish universities and create masterpieces of art and music. Christians do not avoid the world, but, at the same time, we follow a Savior who was crucified on a cross and was clearly willing to deny the world. Our hope is not in this world either; our hope is to be with God.
This essay concludes with what is in my opinion one of the best CS Lewis quotes I have ever come across.
It hearkens back to 1 John 4:19 where we learn that, “We love because He first loved us.” Lewis also wrote that we are called to, “fight against the death which mars it [God's creation], as against all those other blemishes upon it, against pain and poverty, barbarism and ignorance.”
We care about the world because the devastation of it is not the way it was meant to be. Everything was good, but death came to the world through sin. However, I don’t think I am alone in wanting the world to be as good as it can be. We fight to hold back the darkness. We fight to preserve that which is good and build that which is better. Because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son for the salvation of all humanity, shouldn’t we also love that world?
This does not mean that we are conformed to the world or follow the ways of the world but rather try to do that which is good for the world during the time that we are assigned to be here. We fight against the darkness while we are here for the love of those around us who suffer because of that darkness. Jesus Christ broke the power of death so that you and I do not need to suffer eternal separation from God. He did it because of love. We ought to try and emulate that same love as we do what we can to help those around us.
 C. S. Lewis, "Some Thoughts" in God in the Dock (New York: HarperCollins, 1994), 150, Kindle Edition.
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