Well, here we are, still looking at crutches. We have been looking at crutches for a while now. This is Crutch Post Number Four, and I'm happy to say that this will be our last look at crutches. Next post we will look at something else. Something that isn't crutches. Maybe something that is non-weight-bearing entirely. I'm not sure what yet. It might be the Top Ten List Of Movies Where Someone Has To Talk Someone Else Into Returning To Somewhere That They Alone Have Escaped From Because They Alone Escaped From It And Can Therefore Act As A Guide For The People Who Now Need To Go There. Though that depends a bit on whether I can a) Find a more concise title and b) Find another seven films where someone has to talk someone else into returning to somewhere that they alone have escaped from because they alone escaped from it and can therefore act as a guide for the people who now need to go there.
|Is Tiny Tim's crutch just a crutch? Maybe. But does he need it?|
Well, no, apparently, but that's because he's got a Kermit too.
How did I become Dona Lee's pupil?
Well, it's an incredible story... but it went something like this. Ready for this?
Me: Hi Dona Lee, please would you be my teacher?
Dona Lee: Hmmmmm... why, yes dear, okay.
Not exactly rocket science.
You see, I didn't become her pupil by dazzling her with my amazing violinistic ability - in fact, I started going to her for lessons shortly after failing my end of year recital exam. There was no way I could have impressed her with my playing.
No, I became her pupil by asking, and being her pupil meant listening to her, trusting her, and trying to obey her - which made me more like her (a good violinist). The crucial point here is to distinguish correctly between cause and effect: being her pupil made me good. Being good didn't make me her pupil.
Now, Dona Lee is not the Messiah, lovely as she is***. But that white-knuckle thrill-ride adventure story of how I became her pupil is a reasonably good analogy for how we get to be in Christ.
So we don't become Christ's by dazzling him with our amazing goodness - in fact, as we know from part two, if there was an end of year exam in being "good", we'd all fail it. There is no way we can impress God with our "goodness".
No, we become Christ's by asking, and belonging to Christ means listening to him, trusting him, and trying to obey him - which should make us more like him. The crucial point here is to distinguish correctly between cause and effect: being Christian should make us good. Being good doesn't make us Christian.****
So. Let's stick the whole shebang in a nutshell:
Is it a crutch? Yes.
Do we need it? Yes. Everyone does. Even nice people.
Does it work? Yes.
How do we get it? By asking for it.
|"Do I still get my trampoline? Do I? Do I?"|
So there you go. That's the end of this series. If, by any chance, you made it through all four of these posts, please think carefully about what to do next. You could do a lot worse than hunting out a Christianity Explored course, where you'll be able to consider all this in more detail. Albeit with fewer random pictures. Or get in touch here with any questions.
At any rate, do come back again for my top ten list of films where someone has to talk someone else into returning to somewhere that they alone have escaped from because they alone escaped from it and can therefore act as a guide for the people who now need to go there. It will be the best top ten list of films where someone has to talk someone else into returning to somewhere that they alone have escaped from because they alone escaped from it and can therefore act as a guide for the people who now need to go there that you will read this year.
* Past participle of "smite", and my new favourite word.
** Well, I did write this as a talk for the Royal College of Music Christian Union, so what do you expect?
*** Though there are shrines to her in some of the fox burrows of West London.
**** Some of the nicest people I know aren't Christian. They are, very nicely, hobbling crutchless towards disaster.