Sight and Sound and C.S. Lewis

Earlier this week I had lunch with a friend who had just seen Moses at Sight and Sound. For those of you who do not know, Sight and Sound is the largest faith-based live theater in the country. It has been called the “Christian Broadway” and resides right here in our very own Lancaster County. I had already heard amazing tidbits about the show from other people, and was looking forward to hearing about her experience. Imagine if when I asked her about the show, her eyes lit up, and instead of talking about the majestic set, stunning orchestration, and breathtaking special effects, she responded to my questions like this:

Oh Betty! It was so wonderful! What a great experience! I just couldn’t believe how comfortable the seats were! They were so plush and with plenty of leg room!

Well, that’s great”, I would respond. “But what about the show? What about the burning bush? How did they part the Red Sea? Tell me about the costumes and the songs and the dances!

Those were fine and good…but Betty, these seats! Wow! They even had arm rests, and get this…cup holders! I didn’t have to hold my drink!” Chair


You can imagine my perplexed face if this is what she would have said. You can understand how confused I would be by her, and how silly her response would seem to me. Actually, more than it being silly, it would seem foolish. Why would anyone delight in the joy and comfort of a seat more than that of the show? Your purpose in going is to see the grandeur and awesomeness of the musical-the chair is for your comfort yes, but if that is what you walk away thankful for and thinking about-you have wasted your time and money.

Here is my point.

This is the same thing we do in our Christian walk. We get so impressed and excited about little trinkets here on earth that are meant for our comfort and pleasure-yes, but we are missing the point of our existence. There is a complexly beautiful, awe-inspiring, mind-blowing, delight-bearing, production of the glory, power, faithfulness, goodness, sovereignty, foreknowledge, and supremacy of God going on right before our very eyes, and we are impressed with a cup holder. We are so enamored by comfort that we are numbing our eyes to see the majesty for which we were created.

C.S. Lewis says is best in The Weight of Glory:

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

So what we need to do is take our eyes off the cup holder, stop being so excited about the comfort of our chair, and look up. Look up and soak in what were were created to truly delight in.

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