Hungry and Sick

“Hungry men seek food and sick men healing none the less because they know that after the meal or the cure the ordinary ups and downs of life still await them.” – C.S. Lewis in The Problem of Pain

Joe and Jim were fraternal twins, and an odd couple of men to boot. All their lives neither ever married, but lived together in an apartment up some stairs. Eccentric from the start, one week they got stranger. Joe went to the doctor and learned he was in danger – he had a condition of the heart. Jim was feeling fat, so overweight that he thought he should do something smart. Joe pretended he wasn’t sick, surely that was the trick, because he’d only fall ill again. Jim stopped eating and so began cheating his body of nutrients. Why seek a remedy if later you’d only fall again into calamity? Why keep consuming when hunger is always returning?

Joe and Jim were strange men, like a lot of Christians. The world will be burning, so why try turning the situation around? A world full of hurt and hunger and pain, the believers see but try to ignore. God will come down wearing a crown to throw it all away. This is the lie, about pie in the sky, but people with ears to hear know better.

This present age will end and all will be judged…works will be fully revealed. Then heaven descends earth joins in, all that was done for Christ truly perfected.

“Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58 NRSV).

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