He's the Lion, no Lyin'
OK, let me get this out of the way first. I am on the record as being totally opposed to the travesty that is the BCS system for deciding the national championship of college football. OK, I'm not as against it now as I would be if I were a TCU fan. But seriously, there needs to be a playoff system in which a real champion is crowned. There needs to be a system in which every team at the beginning of the season has a chance to win. The BCS really is a BC-Mess. HOWEVER, how cool is it that my Razorbacks headed to the BCS party at the Sugar Bowl. Of course NOW the problem is that all the BCS games are on ESPN and we don’t have cable. So I guess I’m going to have to work on inviting myself over to someone’s house on January 4 to watch the Hogs crush the Buckeyes.
OK, now for the real blog. We’ll be heading to the movies sometime this weekend to see The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. We go to movies regularly… if you count twice a year regularly. Lynn and I both loved The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and I liked Prince Caspian well enough. And we have been looking forward to Dawn Treader. The last movie we saw in a theater was this obscure little flick called Avatar.
I notice this morning that Liam Neeson, who provides the voice of Aslan the Lion in the movie, decided to be politically correct and multicultural by suggesting that Aslan does not simply represent Christ in Narnia (which was the impression C. S. Lewis had when he wrote the books) but also represented other religious leaders as well--
Aslan symbolizes a Christlike figure, but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.
How nice. Obviously, you can read anything into anything you like. I remember someone telling Arthur C. Clarke that a cross-like pattern of stars above the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey was sending an obvious message about Jesus and the cross. Clarke, an atheist, replied, “Hey, if I really want to send a message, I’ll call Western Union.” C. S.Lewis was not just a Christian writer, he was the most influential Christian writer of the twentieth century. And Lewis definitely intended Aslan as a representation of Jesus. He wrote, “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: ‘What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?’”
Lewis did not believe that Jesus was simply one among many other religious leaders. He did not believe Jesus was a representation of all religious leaders. In fact, Lewis argued that Jesus intended for us to decide whether to accept Him as the Son of God or to reject him completely. He wrote:
I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic -- on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg -- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. (Mere Christianity, pages 40-41.)
Jesus was not just one of many Lions of Judah. He was and is THE Lion of Judah. You can accept that or not. What you can’t do is make Jesus multicultural and politically correct!