My good friend Oral Deckard has an insightful piece The Real Reasons Christians Fall In Lust. I was blessed by a flood of old memories when he mentioned a statement from missionary Rose Sawyer to Charles Alnut as the basis for Christs’ people making a commitment to become overcomers in life.
Miss Sawyers comment to Charlie: “Nature, Mr. Alnut, is what God calls us to rise above.”
Missionary Sawyer is one the first missionaries I encountered who was a bit human but mostly angelic. I knew hundreds of men like Charlie.
You may have figured out that I am talking about the fictional Miss Sawyer and Charlie as characters from the novel by C.S. Forester, The African Queen. If you never read the book or saw the movie your religious education is at least suspect.
The statement, written by Mr. Forester needs a fresh audience, especially the audience in our churches and colleges. It wouldn’t hurt the political arena either. Addiction programs will do well to make Rose’s statement part of their headline on all literature.
Being of an old fashioned bent, I still believe that drunkenness, sodomy, wife beating and the kit and caboodle of modern isms, while more pronounced in some than others, are choice, choices of nature, certainly forgivable choices, but still choices.
You will search long and hard for a biblical statement totally cancelling Miss Sawyers’
“Nature, Mr. Alnut, is what God calls us to rise above.”
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly