The Grubgulp Letters – #8

My Dear Toadwaft,

You say that your Charge has, encouraged by her homeschooling friend, enrolled  in a 7-Step program to learn “How to Be a True Christian”.  That’s not the exact name, of course, but all these multi-step programs have that as their goal. I am always amused by how these Christians enjoy signing up for this or that program to give them specific instructions on how to be more fulfilled.

Now, it is absolutely true that their God has given them instructions to live out their faith and showed them how by His example. But like that man who asked Him what good thing he must do to gain eternal life, some Christians feel a need for a detailed list of things they must or must not do.  Happily for us, their God is purposefully vague when it comes to the details. Even what that troublemaker Paul wrote seems to have fallen on the wayside, namely, that the only thing that counts is a faith that expresses itself through love.

In a bizarre, twisted scheme that only the Enemy can conjure up, as they live out their faith, they are supposed to learn from Him and – get this – take His yoke!  Our task is to never let our Charges grab hold of the notion that the yoke is supposed to be easy, for if they catch even a glimpse of what that really means, we are doomed.  We must ever keep before them the need to strive and to strive hard for His approval. And, for all their effort, to still feel they fall short. “Why is it so hard to please God?” is the question that we must always endeavour to keep just under the surface of our Charges’ thoughts.

Looking forward to your next report,
Grubgulp

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The above letter is a work of fiction. Any similarities to The Screwtape Letters may be intentional. My apologies to C.S. Lewis. For more letters, click on the Grubgulp Letters category.

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Posted on Tuesday, November 8th, 2011, in Christian Living, Fiction, Grubgulp Letters, Writing. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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