“The man who quotes some German historian against the tradition of the Church…is strictly appealing to aristocracy. He is appealing to the superiority of one expert against the awful authority of a mob. It is quite easy to see why a fairy tale is treated, and ought to be treated, more respectfully than a book of history. The legend is generally made by the majority of people in the village, who are sane. The book is generally written by the one man in the village who is mad…Tradition may be defined as an extension of the franchise. Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead.”
~GK Chesterton, Orthodoxy: The Ethics of Elfland
Pluralism clutters our culture with religious, ethical, political and social confusion. While there are certain advantages to being nurtured into a context that rightly rejects prejudices and fanaticism, there are plenty of disadvantages in our attempt to nurture faith in Christ alone. The result: our youth are wading in hurricane waters frantically trying to find a footing to stand, to rest, to believe.
Fairy tales, of course, are not our “solid ground.” Jesus is (Mt. 8:24-27). However, there is something far more credible about fairy tales than all the advances in modern science, technology and education combined, and that is, they have stood the test of time and have been generally accepted as timeless truths from generation to generation. We all agree that there was a boy who cried wolf and therefore it is in our best interest not to lie!
So fairy tales are not solid ground, but they may be something like a life jacket of practical wisdom that we can wear until we find solid ground. This 4-week series will bring the “Ethics of Elfland” into an encounter with the Truth of the Bible, sometimes in agreement, other times in a tension, but always with the proper foundation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the direction of his return. So over the next four weeks we’ll take the wisdom from the “democracy of the dead” and bring it before the truth of the Kingdom of God and see what we can learn!
- 3/30 – Snow White and the 7 Deadly Sins (Proverbs 6:16-19)
- 4/6 – Three Little Pigs and The One Firm Foundation (Mt. 8:24-27)
- 4/13 – A Goose for Gold, A Brother for Blessing (Gen. 27-33)
- 4/20 – Egg in Baskets, Bodies in Tombs (John 20)