Lewis on country and grace

A pair of unrelated thoughts from C.S. Lewis in his essay, “Learning in War-Time.”

A man may have to die for his country, but no man must, in any exclusive sense, live for his country. He who surrenders himself without reservation to the temporal claims of a nation, or a party, or a class is rendering to Caesar that which, of all things, most emphatically belongs to God: himself (53).

A more Christian attitude, which can be attained at any age, is that of leaving futurity in God’s hands. We may as well, for God will certainly retain it whether we leave it to Him or not. Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future. Happy work is best done by the man who takes his long-term plans somewhat lightly and works from moment to moment “as to the Lord.” It is only our daily bread that we are encouraged to ask for. The present is the only time in which any duty can be done or any grace received (61).

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2 Responses

  1. Awesome quotes! Kind of funny how they echo an email I just sent a friend. Love God’s way of reinforcing things. 🙂

  2. Yes, I love the way God reinforces truth, too. 🙂

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