Well, the Devil didn’t make you do it, but he probably helped, as C. S. Lewis who died 50 years ago this week, showed so brilliantly in “The Screwtape Letters.”
On BreakPoint this week, my colleague Eric Metaxas pointed out that Lewis was not only a great apologist, but a pastor of souls who helped ordinary Christians grow in their faith.
And that’s what he did in “The Screwtape Letters.” The demon Screwtape’s letters to his nephew Wormwood describe brilliantly the daily struggles of ordinary Christians, like spiritual dryness. Screwtape rebukes Wormwood for thinking that the “patient’s” spiritual dry spell is evidence of a lack of faith. As he tells his diabolical apprentice, “It is during such trough periods, much more than during the peak periods, that [the patient] is growing into the sort of creature [God] wants [him] to be.”
Words to contemplate, even coming from Screwtape. We’ve got the “Screwtape Letters” for you or a friend at our BreakPoint.org bookstore.