September 30, 2010
In his book, “Mere Christianity,” C.S. Lewis titled the fifth chapter, “We Have Cause to be Uneasy” in discussion of the book’s first section, “Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe.” Alexander (Sandy) Smith, a notable speaker from C.S. Lewis’ hometown of Belfast, Ireland, tackled the notion in a weekly chapel service at OBU Wednesday, Sept. 29.
An internationally recognized expert on the life and works of C.S. Lewis, Smith hosts weekly lecture tours in Belfast of places related to the author’s life and facilitates discussions related to his works. Lewis’ book “Mere Christianity” is the foundation of the year’s chapel theme, “A Return to the Simplicity of the Gospel.”
Smith note impressions about the chapter, beginning with the title, “We Have Cause to be Uneasy.” Smith emphasized the word “cause.” He said Lewis contended there is something beyond human nature – a force with which to be reconciled.
He also said humans consider what they can determine as truth “on our own steam.” He said sources of information might include academic disciplines and basic observations of human nature from the inside. He said the introspective search leads humans to understand there is a standard, humans are in breach and in need of an external remedy.
Smith said a biblical assertion for human’s cause to be uneasy, based on Romans 7:15-25, reiterates the fact there is a law; humans are in breach and cannot remedy the situation; and people need an external rescuer. The Apostle Paul states the rescuer is Jesus Christ.
He closed with Romans 2:7, which states the reward is “eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality.”