We don’t have to be bad people to live in folly. We just have to commit ourselves to maintaining the hole we have dug for ourselves. Uncle Andrew had committed the folly of being his un-regenerated self. He was as thin in form as he was in his withered spirit and distorted soul. -a perfect example of if you don’t use what you have, even that will be taken away from you.
SINGING LIFE INTO BEING
“The longer and more beautifully the Lion sang, the harder Uncle Andrew tried to make himself believe that he could hear nothing but roaring. Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. Uncle Andrew did. He soon did hear nothing but roaring” (1)
To run away, hide from, deny the truth long enough because it does not fit the reality you have made for yourself eventually renders you blind and deaf.
DISMISSIVE OF CHRIST OUR LIFE
Uncle Andrew was entirely unimpressed by Aslan and very dismissive of talking animals. He was of the disposition that could neither see or hear – anything that was of the Kingdom of Aslan, that is. “Oh well he said, If they want to throw away their own lives, that’s their business. But what about me? They don’t seem to think of that. No one thinks of me.” Finally, when a whole crowd of animals came rushing towards him, he turned and ran for his life. And now anyone could see that the air of that young world was really doing the old gentleman good. In London he had been far too old to run: now, he ran at a speed which would have made him certain to win the hundred yards’ race at any prep school in England.” (2)
INVESTED IN BLINDNESS
The trouble was, like many who are not as vain as Uncle Andrew but just as blind and because they are folks who have their identity invested in a world that is not Narnia, they could not see life or hear it. Some are selfish and nasty people – the kind of women known as a bitch. Others are self-made men, self-important and boorish, hidden inside the carapace of their false self. Others are good people who never became their real selves because they will not see the difference between religion as their life and Jesus as their life. Others live without artifice, piety or contrived righteousness entirely as themselves because Christ is their life. These are the sons of God in spirit and in truth. Sons because they are incarnated in our Father and He in them. (1) Lewis, C. S.. The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, Book 1) (pp. 130-131). HarperCollins Publishers. Kindle Edition.