And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
Luke 6:31 ESV
Each Thursday morning I meet with several (other) grumpy old men for coffee. We rarely agree together on anything. We are not all Christians. Would it guarantee our agreement if we were? We can’t even agree on the best temperature for our coffee to be served at. So how may we expect to agree on the ideal for society, Christian or otherwise? This second of three brief posts on the theme of A Christian society also comes from C.S. Lewis…
C. S. Lewis wrote: “Most of us are not really approaching the subject in order to find out what Christianity says: we are approaching it in the hope of finding support from Christianity for the views of our own party. We are looking for an ally where we are offered either a Master or – a Judge.
“ … And that is why nothing whatever is going to come of such talks unless we go a much longer way round. A Christian society is not going to arrive until most of us really want it: and we are not going to want it until we become fully Christian.
“I may repeat, ‘do as you would be done by’ till I am blue in the face, but I cannot really carry it out till I love my neighbour as myself: and I cannot learn to love my neighbour as myself till I learn to love God: and I cannot learn to love God except by learning to obey Him.
“And so, as I warned you, we are driven on to something more inward – driven on from social matters to religious matters. For the longest way round is the shortest way home.”
From C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity.