I’ve been mulling over a quote by GK Chesterton recently. For those of you who do not know, Chesterton was a British writer and Catholic apologeticist. He played a role CS Lewis’ conversion.
This quote comes from Chesterton’s book ‘Orthodoxy’
‘But Christianity preaches an obviously unattractive idea, such as original sin; but when we wait for its results they are…a thunder of laughter and pity; for with original sin we can at once pity the beggar and distrust the king.’
It is because of original sin that we can empathize with the beggar because ‘good things happen to bad people’; while, simultaneously, looking at our ruler and knowing s/he is tempted by power and greed because we too suffer from the same temptations. It the common thread that finds itself in all humanity…the black thread of sin. One from which we cannot cut free because we have inherited it. How unfair and yet how beautiful: to be able to identify with the humanness of our fellow man while also having joy in our Redeemer.
What does this quote make you think of?