“It is an experience of our days that the spoken name of Jesus alone exercises an unforeseen power; and the effort which it cost to speak this name is perhaps connected to some faint apprehension of the power which is inherent within it. Wherever the name of Jesus Christ is spoken it is a protection and a claim.” Bonhoeffer Ethics p.57
CS Lewis wrote a lot about the devil. I don’t think it was for arbitrary reasons. In Surprise By Joy, he alludes to, but covers, certain instances in his life, probably before his conversion, where he apparently attended to demon possessed people. He lived in a time when there was still extensive and polite dabbling in the demonic via seances, oijia boards, and other parlor tricks, going on everywhere. He apparently had at least one rather extensive encounter in which he was the caretaker of some crazed person, that lasted some days and was horrific. I don’t think when he finally writes about Ransom meeting the devil in the possessed Weston in Perelandra that he is writing without some real experimental knowledge. When he says things like, “if you want to get to know the satanic powers better, you will…” he seems to be writing out of real experience with demons, perhaps not completely personal, but in what he observed in those close to him who partook in polite and parlor dabblings that led to encounters they had not counted on.
As a nation, we have long been dabbling in evil. It has been a self indulgent parlor game for us, like oijia boards and seances. Suddenly, the devils have begun answering back, and we are now finding ourselves being pulled into a malstream of chaos that we are not in control of but is now, like a giant undertow, controlling us. We have a Congress that began a number of years ago, playing self indulgent parlour games with various forms of evil who are now being pulled into currents that are greater than they are. It is being led by someone who seems to have been at that place long ago, and is quite comfortable with the maelstrom and is pushing us further and further out to sea, as fast as possible. Nobody seems able to stop him. And to date, not very many even want to. They still imagine they are in control, and will get real gain out of it for themselves.
It is a time when being “moderate,” meaning you are not very committed to anything other than being nice and sensible, is not going to do. It is now only the name of Jesus Christ that can create a space of lawfulness, and sanity. Only the name of Jesus Christ has any power over the chaos that increasingly, we are being pulled into.
This chaos is going to create its own momentum, and those who have been playing games with it for years for their own self interest are now going to discover that it is controlling them rather than the other way around.
Our only protection is going to be in the name of Jesus, Nice humanistic pluralism is threadbare and impotent.