The value of a good name.
Lucy and Edmund have both been to the fantastic land of Narnia, but when they get back home Edmund denies it.
truth, Persecution, Witness, Testimony, Faith
Lucy, upset and being believed a liar, bursts into tears and flees the room, directly into the grasp of the Professor. Right on his heels is the housekeeper, Mrs. MacReady, who thinks the children are disturbing the Professor. But he directs Mrs. MacReady to get Lucy some hot chocolate. Then he turns his attention to Peter and Susan, Lucy's older siblings, "You seem to have upset the delicate internal balance of my housekeeper." The children apologize and try to turn away, but Susan explains the source of Lucy's crying. She tells the Professor that Lucy claims to have found "a magical land in the upstairs wardrobe." The Professor's interest is high, "What did you say?" They try to explain what Lucy said she saw, and the Professor wants to know, "What was it like?" Susan replies, "Like talking to a lunatic..." but the Professor interrupts, "Not that, the forest." Peter is mystified. He can't believe that the Professor is acting as if he believes Lucy, but the Professor counters, "You don't?" Susan confidently asserts that Lucy's tale is "impossible." The Professor mutters to himself, "What do they teach in schools these days?" Peter explains that Edmund claimed that he and Lucy were only playing. The Professor asks which is the more truthful of the two, Edmund or Lucy. Peter has to admit that it is usually Lucy. So the Professor helps them make the deduction that if Lucy is not out of her mind then "logically she must be telling the truth." Peter can hardly contain himself. He asks, "You're saying we should just believe her?" And the Professor retorts, "She's your sister, isn't she? You're her family. You might just try acting like one."
Application One: Professor Kirke has the right approach. If someone is a truth-teller, then it lends credibility even when the story they tell appears fantastic. If faith is the "assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1), then our ability to trust rests on the reliability of the witnesses who tell us of these unseen things. One of the reasons that Christians must maintain an impeccable witness is that the story we tell might appear fantastic to some. The Bible is full of the miraculous, but it is correct where it can be tested so that we can have trust in areas where it cannot be tested. We need to hold ourselves to the same standard. Our lives should demonstrate that we are trustworthy, so that when we tell others about what Christ has done for us, they will have ample reasons to believe. Application Two: Lucy is a truth-teller, and a fearless one. Despite undeserved ridicule by her treacherous brother, Edmund, and lack of support from her elder sister, Susan and her older brother, Peter, she holds fast to the truth -- and it ultimately pays off as she gains a champion in the Professor. In this world we will face persecution for telling the truth. Some will think it madness to follow God. Others will try to convince us that the story of the Gospel is a fable. But God wants us to hold fast to the truth, even in the face of opposition, and to be ready to give "a good account of the hope that is within us" (I Peter 3:15).