Friday, October 17, 2003

here is another one of my classic youth zone articles from february 5th 1997

Confession of a Marsh﷓Wiggle
Toward the end of C.S. Lewis' The Silver Chair we find the heroes(Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole and Pubbleglum) trapped in the Underworld and under the spell of the Queen. They have been sent under Narnia by Aslan to rescue Prince Rilian. Rilian is the rightful heir to the thrown of Narnia who had been kidnapped by the evil Queen of the Under world years before. The spell that is enchanting Eustace, Jill and Pubbleglum confuses their minds and they begin to forget that Narnia and the Overworld is real. The Queen is trying to convince them that their is no Narnia and their is no Aslan. Pubbleglum the Marsh﷓Wiggle proclaims one of the greatest confessions of faith in the Chronicles of Narnia.

"Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things-trees and grass and sun and
moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that
case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones......We're
just babies making up a game, if you're right. But four babies playing a game, if your right.
But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow.
That's why I'm going to stand by the play world. I'm on Aslan's side even if there isn't any
Aslan to lead it. I'm going to live like a Narnian even if there isn't any Narnia." (SC pg. 159)

The world we live in tries to enchant us. The messages that are all around us try to convince us that their is not a Heaven and that their is not a God. We know there is a God and that there is a Heaven and a Hell. Pubbleglum's confession is our confession.

"I am going to live as a citizen of Heaven and I am going to stand on God's side no matter what the world says!"
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