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Saving Edmund
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I have a friend who comes to church about a third of the time. He’s a terrific guy; a good citizen; an exemplary parent. But he’s never quite made a commitment to the Christian faith. He’s coexisting with it for sociological reasons. In a way he reminds me of the man in Mark 9 whose son is tormented by demonic forces, and he seeks Jesus’ help. “Can you make him well?” And Jesus answers with a gently chiding truth: “Anything is possible to him who believes.” The dad, desperate, cries out: “Well, I do believe! Uh, sort of. Jesus, please help me with my unbelief. Please love my son despite my doubts.” I’m hoping my friend will pray that prayer soon.

The good news is that Jesus loves people who don’t believe very much. In fact, he has a passion for those who don’t believe at all.

Narnia Hoopla

With all the Narnia hoopla going on lately, I savored reading through C. S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. At the very beginning of this adventure, there’s a bad boy named Edmund. His sister Lucy has an accidental journey to Narnia; she stumbles into the land of snow and magic, and when she comes back, he doesn’t believe her. He ridicules her. In the next chapter, when he ends up through the closet too, he falls prey to the White Witch. He gets fooled into serving Satan. The enemy of the human race lies to him and offers him Turkish Delight – a yummy treat that poisons your conscience and makes you betray your own brothers and sisters.

What happens? The entire book is devoted to Aslan the Lion rescuing Edmund. Getting him out of the clutches of the wicked Queen and setting him free. Not just setting him free, but making him into a king. King Edmund the Just. This is salvation in its highest sense. And Aslan says to the other children after redeeming this lost boy: “Here is your brother. There is no need to talk to him about what is past.”

I guess all of us “Sons of Adam” and “Daughters of Eve” have our own unique journey home. We can’t all be Lucy, the wide-eyed, instantly trusting, always faithful, saved-from-birth good kid. Thank God heaven’s most glorious battles are spent on the cynics and rebels who make Aslan work for his prize.

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