Three Men, Three Hearts

PROVERBS 15:11--"Hell and Destruction are before the LORD; so how much more the hearts of the sons of men."

Three famous men died on this date in 1963—John F. Kennedy, C. S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley. Their spiritual hearts beat differently, as Peter Kreeft shows in his book, Between Heaven and Hell. Lewis “took his Christianity straight, or ‘mere,’” Kreeft writes. Kennedy was “a humanistic Christian” who believed in the broad strokes of the faith, although he was uncertain about other important beliefs. Huxley’s was a stewpot heart in which biblical faith mingled with Oriental mysticism. He was a believer in the god–who–is–everything.

Almost a half–century later, the genuine heart is revealed by its fruit. Kennedy is wrapped in legend that combines power, tragedy, and immorality. Huxley is forgotten except for book reports and a few curious scholars. But Lewis’s heart still radiates with the transforming Gospel. Lewis’s heart still strongly pumps the gospel message.

Death does indeed lay our hearts out in the open.

Spiritual Heart Focus

Meditate on and embrace the “simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 NASB).

Physical Heart Focus

Keep it simple and accurate by weighing yourself at the same time each day you weigh.