The Story of the Absent King.

More C.S. Lewis quotes:

Christianity is the story of how the rightful King has landed, you might say in disguise, and is calling us all to take part in His great campaign of sabotage.

Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.

In his writings, Gary North was the first to relate to me how existence can be seen as the Story of the Absent King. I see this as Jesus telling His followers to occupy, hold and fill the land, making us vessels of His Holy Spirit and His Holiness, until He returns.

I like Lewis’ accent on sabotage: slowly, softly, the Old Kingdoms crumbles, the New Kingdom grows and grows. Sometimes, the Old Kingdom manages to resist the onslaught longer, or even retake some land; sometimes the New Kingdom is forced back. But then things revert to the mean: the Old Kingdom can’t hold on to its gains; the New Kingdom breaks through, unstoppable.

God’s People learn, and the measure of their growth is unstoppable, The Old Kingdoms remains at their root backward-looking – to Rome, to the Caliphate, to the Emperors, to the Tribe, to Athens and Sparta – and, precisely because of this, they have no future hope.


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