Dear Emerson and Thoreau:
You guys are great. Really. I agreed with a lot of what you said, and loved the way you said it. Many of your thoughts have been exactly what I’ve been pondering on lately, just put into words more eloquently than I could. Civil Disobedience was on point, and I kind of want to start a mini revolution now. Thank you for that.
But… And this is a huge but… I have an objection to make.
In the words of C.S. Lewis, in his book Mere Christianity: “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.”
I’ve noticed both of you tend to class Jesus with civil rights leaders and famous teachers and philosophers– people classed as “good men”. You can’t do that; as Lewis so aptly points out, not making a choice is still making a choice.
Also, the Bible is indeed accurate and infallible, and honestly more trustworthy than the changeable opinions of our own minds, wonderful as our consciences may be. I have a question for you: where did we get conscience– morality– in the first place? Oh yeah, God. And how do we know about God? Oh yeah, His Word. Coincidence? I think not!
(I’m glaring at you, Thoreau. Saying we shouldn’t believe in the Bible or Constitution, simply because someone else wrote them… I don’t think so, sir!)
Look, you guys have really great points– I even think I would’ve been something of a transcendentalist had I lived in your time. But you’re missing the point. You’re on the right track, but you’ve fallen short.
Yes, it’s wonderful that you’ve learned to appreciate simplicity and the beauty of existence and creation. It’s great that you’re determined to really live…
…but a life lived in the seclusion of creation without acknowledging the one who created it is a life of unfulfilled existence.
I’ve lived more in my sixteen years than you ever did, because I view the world through the lens of a daughter of the King of Kings– and that changes everything. For you see, it’s only when we believe the precious Words authored by the Maker of the stars that we begin to truly live.
*drops the mic and walks away epically*