In the 1940s, C.S. Lewis penned a series of writings, which originally appeared in a newsletter. These letters were the correspondence between a senior level devil named Screwtape, and his apprentice devil, his nephew Wormwood. The 31 letters were later published in the form of a book entitled “The Screwtape Letters.”
In the letters, Screwtape is advising Wormwood about the procedure for winning a soul away from God, and toward hell both on earth and in eternity. Screwtape explains to him that there are methods that have long been used and established. One such method, Screwtape explains, is to create so much noise in the life of the man that he can no longer hear the voice of God. In one letter, the senior devil announces:
“Noise, the grand dynamism, the audible expression of all that is exulant, ruthless, and virile –Noise which alone defends us from silly qualms, dispairing scruples and impossible desires. We will make the whole universe a noise in the end. We have already made great strides in this direction as regards to the Earth. The melodies and silences of heaven will be shouted down in the end. But I admit we are not yet loud enough, or anything like it. Research is in progress.”
It seems like their ongoing research has paid off.
Today, we wake up to clock radios, we listen to music in, or maybe you sing, while in the shower. We watch T.V. while we eat. We turn on the radio in our cars when driving. At work we listen to music or talk radio. Most people cannot fall asleep without some sort of noise. We have iPods, iPhones, laptops, netbooks, Blackberries, Bluetooth headsets, and the like. Most homes have multiple TV’s, and they are on constantly; we leave them on even when nobody is watching them. Our world is filled with noise and as a result we can longer here the voice of God. We have lost our conscious contact with God in our lives.
Our lives and world are spinning out of control, and one of the biggest contributors to the chaos and confusion is noise. We have become a world that is afraid of silence.
In my next post we will take a look at what the Bible has to say about noise, quiet, stillness, and the voice of God. These verses are so quiet, they might be hard to hear…