Uncle Screwtape

C. Hayden
C.S. Lewis penned in “The Screwtape Letters”, many imagined writings from a prominent high-level demon known
as Screwtape to his less experienced and growing junior demon named Wormwood. These letters attempt to
inform his struggling nephew in the ways of interacting with humans in order to bring maximum destruction in
their lives while at the same time shutting-down any interaction they may have with God (named the enemy by
Uncle Screwtape). Lewis’ work has become a Christian classic and has opened the understanding of millions of
believers to the deceptive nature and purpose of the demonic realm in our
world. I suggest every Christian buy 2 copies and give one to a friend. Anyway, I
would like to bring up one quote from the book that is very telling.
Screwtape writes this to his nephew Wormwood , “ It is funny how
mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best
work is done by keeping things out.” This is such a great line. In only 25 words,
Lewis reminds us that we are not only tempted by the things that we do
imagine, but we can be destroyed by allowing ourselves to remain ignorant of the
things God wants to reveal and train us in. In 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 we read,
“ 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is
the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has
not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did
not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.”
We have become just too intelligent to believe in what the Word of God has to say to us. The world is just
too smart to believe in their need for salvation so demons go about keeping out of their mind the truth that is in
Christ’s sacrifice for mankind’s sin. Unfortunately for the Church, many “Christians” are just too intelligent to
believe in the influence that demons have in our world so Uncle Screwtape informs Wormwood to continue to
keep the truth of that information from the church goers mind lest they become informed and a threat to the
devil’s devices. Something to think about.
May God bless you even more!!
Pastor Chris

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