Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is “finding his place in it,” while really it is finding its place in him. His increasing reputation, his widening circle of acquaintances, his sense of importance, the growing pressure of absorbing and agreeable work, build up in him a sense of being really at home on Earth, which is just what we want. – Your affectionate Uncle Screwtape
My wife and I are re-reading the brilliant book The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. In the book master demon, “Uncle Screwtape” tells his dear nephew what’s up when it comes to working as a demon tempter attempting to destroy the work of God in the life of God’s highest creation – humanity. An imaginary demon’s insight into the dangers of prosperity, especially in our consumptive culture, is really sobering and really true. So I ask myself today, and I ask you, are we finding more of our place in the world or is the world finding more of its place in us?