This month I am recommending Sense and Sensuality: Jesus Talks with Oscar Wilde on the Pursuit of Pleasure by Ravi Zacharias. This book is part of Zacharias “Great Conversations,” which juxtapose Jesus with a figure in history. Zacharias plays the narrator between Jesus and in this instance, Oscar Wilde.
The style and writing to broach the topic of pleasure seeking suggested by Wilde and Jesus moral truths is excellent. Zacharias brings the reader right up to humanism and relativistic arguments that still dominate our culture while showing through Jesus how shallow and empty pleasure seeking is. One quote that sticks with me comes from Jesus in response to Wilde saying all the pleasure turned out to a path of loss. Jesus says, “That state of mind cost you everything you really wanted, Oscar….Even in your search beyond yourself, your self loomed large.” Ain’t that the truth!
This is our culture. It is a culture of me and and a culture of I. The me and I is of preeminence, above and beyond all others, let alone those things of God. If we cannot get past ourselves, we have no chance of considering those holy and righteous things of God. Jesus does not let Oscar off the hook and neither will He regarding our totems, no matter what they happen to be. This book is short. It is an enjoyable read, but it is challenging because of what we are faced to confront. So I suggest you buy a copy, it is under ten dollars on the Amazon machine and listen to Zacharias flay our culture of self.
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