A Dangerous Church Service
In C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, two of the main characters, Susan and Lucy, hear about Aslan, the Christ-figure in the story. They as if he is a man. And they are told: “Aslan a man? Certainly not…. he is the King of the woods … Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh!” said Susan. “Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous meeting a lion.” “That you will … and make no mistake, if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.” “Then he isn’t safe?” asked Lucy. “Safe? Who said anything about being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.”
Most people don’t want such a dangerous God. They prefer a god who is safe. A god they can manage. And we have to decide: Do I want the real thing?
Because if even some of us actually want the real thing, the tangible presence of God that is not safe will be manifest among us today.