Today, Lewis brings us to a very important point in A Year with C.S. Lewis.
He says that many of us come to Christianity looking not for what it teaches us, but for support for our political programs. My brother was approached by a man once who wanted to know a Bible verse he could use to make this other guy leave him alone. In other words, he was looking for a spell. And even though we wouldn't put it like that, many of us come to God looking for "something we can use" to get what we want.
Let's look at this the other way around. There are verses in the Bible that we don't like very much, aren't there? That business about dying to ourselves daily? But those are the very verses we need to spend time with. They'll change US into the people we need to be.
Did you know that "Israel" means "wrestles with God"? That's what we need to do. Wrestle with Him. Argue with Him, get mad at Him, if we feel that way. He would much rather we argue with Him than ignore Him. And when we engage with Him, even to fight or wrestle, we will be changed by Him. Because we will see Him as He is.
And everyone who sees Him as He is comes away changed.
God, please give me "something I can use" ... to be more like You.