I just began reading “And the Lamb Wins” by Simon Ponsonby. I have been greatly encouraged by it already, although I’ve spent less than 24 hours within its covers. The full title of Ponsonby’s work is, “And the Lamb Wins: Why the End of the World is Really Good News.” It is a book written about “End Times” and that is a subject that I, and perhaps many others, find myself vacillating on often. In the book under his thoughts on how eschatological hope affects the mission of the Church, he quotes C.S.Lewis:
Hope is one of the theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave this present world as it is. If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
I find the quote condemning and, yet, reassuring. It is condemning in that I see myself, in the past, so apathetic about the “next life” that little was done in this present life; and I find it reassuring because as I begin to focus more often on the ‘next life’ I become more passionate about doing something that truly matters in this life.
One person, full of Hope, will always have enough to share.