A World of Geldings

“You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive,’ or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity.’ [But] In a sort of ghastly simplicity, we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.” —C.S. Lewis

We all want a better world—in fact we really need a new one. Someday. Until then, the world isn’t the problem, rather it’s the people shaping it, who crave a perfect world while rejecting any perfect, benevolent, loving standard. That’s where Jesus’ followers come in. We aren’t Him, but God is making us to be as much like Him as anyone can in this messy world. He’s often hated—and that means we will be, too—He said so. But in a world of “men without chests” we bring a beating heart of purpose, love and salvation to an increasingly turbulent generation. Until He comes, we are what the world needs—because we bring Him, all of Him, plus nothing.

The world is starving itself. Bring the fruit.


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Jay McCarl

Author, pastor, speaker, chaplain, teacher, Bible lands tour leader, artist, musician, husband, dad, blessed. There you go.

2 thoughts on “A World of Geldings”

  1. Seriously, I just used this CS Lewis quote on my tweeter this week. Absolute truism. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me. I gotta tell someone about you. ~ Donna Day, Servant of God


  2. This quote brought so much home. Recent events at our very small and elderly church have left our numbers greatly reduced to mostly women. Seems most of the men are not willing to pocket their sensitivities and join the struggle. Seems no different now than when Jesus walked among us. C.S. Lewis’ use of equine terminology was enlightening on more than one level. Among the wild horses (…Scripture says that all of creation gives witness of Him…), a stallion will fight to protect what is his (the herd)…even to his death. Yet, where a stallion is not present (say, through death or a separation), a lead mare will take charge of the herd until such time as they are reunited or another stallion is provided.


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