When Lions Go To Church

23 Sep

This photo of a lion in church reminds me of what Dorothy Sayers once wrote of Jesus: “We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him “meek and mild,” and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies…”

And don’t we do that? But what would happen if Jesus walked into our churches today? I have a feeling it would be like this picture…we would all run for fear of the “firebrand” as Sayers called him. We have become comfortable with a Jesus who is gentle and meek, but have forgotten the strength, power and Glory it took to walk to the cross and bear our sin. The power to love is only reinforced by his power to create and his power to judge and his power over death. He loves us, not just with the love of roving pacifist commoner, but with the love a Ruling, Reigning King… The incarnation is beautiful, but the power of incarnation will one day be played out in coronation.

Sola Deo Gloria…Come Quickly Great Lion.

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17 Responses to “When Lions Go To Church”

  1. John September 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm #

    I like this.

    Although you don’t fully capture what Christ is (in totality), it is still a great symbol.

  2. Seth McBee September 23, 2008 at 12:59 pm #

    Good post Dave.

    Sometimes I wonder though if Christ would show himself to us that are like the lions as meek and mild…to make a point to us as well…

    There is definitely a balance.

  3. jimkastkeat September 23, 2008 at 1:07 pm #

    what about the lion that lays down with the lamb?

  4. poopemerges September 23, 2008 at 2:14 pm #

    Jim and Others: You are right, that is the paradox of Christ isn’t it…that he is both Lion and Lamb (not just that he lays with it Jim…he is it)… But the Lamb who was slain was performing a Lions task! That is why Revelation says: See the Lion of Judah and when John looks it is a lamb… Oh how I love that Lamb.

    And next time one walks into a church I will do a post about that.

    Seth you are right…we need all of Jesus don’t we!

  5. Meade September 23, 2008 at 6:59 pm #

    Yes! I heard about this on the Relevant Podcast and wondered if there were any pictures.

  6. poopemerges September 23, 2008 at 8:26 pm #

    Meade: that is totally where I heard about it as well!

  7. jimkastkeat September 23, 2008 at 11:51 pm #

    I love how C.S. Lewis shows the Lion/Lamb paradox at the end of Dawn Treador. Eustuce, Edmond, and Reepicheep are heading to the edge of the world into Aslan’s country and they see a lamb ahead of them. But when they get closer they realize that it is Aslan (a lion).

    Hmmm…maybe Aslan is Jesus! But I don’t like to think of Liam Neeson being the voice for Jesus.

  8. poopemerges September 24, 2008 at 1:28 am #

    Jim: I love that metaphor! I think I understand Jesus better because of CS Lewis. I read the series at least once a year for that reason. I love how he shows Jesus as gentle but not tame…Not safe, but good!

  9. jimkastkeat September 24, 2008 at 7:06 am #

    Wow, we’re agreeing on more and more lately!

    I feel like we should find something to disagree about, just for old time’s sake.

    My all time favorite from Narnia is The Horse and His Boy. (go ahead, disagree with that!)

  10. poopemerges September 24, 2008 at 8:08 am #

    Jim: I can’t even get worked up to disagree with that…I would give a slight edge to the Silver Chair… But Aslan’s interactions in the Horse and His Boy are some of my favorite!

  11. mikevandrie September 24, 2008 at 11:44 am #

    Hey D that is a sweet picture. Also it gives us a cool image of one aspect of Jesus. Sometimes it seems Christians view Jesus as only a weak oppressed Jewish peasant.

  12. Boaly September 25, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    Great image! Class reminder that we are not just to embrase & embrased by the lamb that was slain but also the lion of Judah

  13. Joel September 29, 2008 at 3:04 pm #

    Liam Neeson could not be Jesus because he is Irish. As we all learned from “A Knight’s Tale,” He is, in fact, English.

  14. poopemerges September 29, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    Jesus is Irish?

  15. Joel September 29, 2008 at 3:58 pm #

    “Hmmm…maybe Aslan is Jesus! But I don’t like to think of Liam Neeson being the voice for Jesus.”

    I was going for double obscure reference points.

  16. poopemerges September 29, 2008 at 5:10 pm #

    I think the problem here is I am not familiar with a Knights Tale…

  17. Joel September 30, 2008 at 9:50 am #

    a true problem indeed. breakout performance from Paul Bettany. what i said was horribly obscure though.

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