Predispositions: In Modem Man and His Categories of Thought, C.S. Lewis contrasts the type of people to whom the Apostles were called to preach and the type of people to whom we are called to preach. Those of the first century – the Jews, the Judaizing Gentiles and the Pagans – had certain predispositions: a belief in the supernatural, a consciousness of sin and a fear of divine judgment. “The world which we must try to convert,” he writes, “shares none of those predispositions. In the last hundred years the public mind has been radically altered” .
Proletarianism: He continues, “The Proletariat in all countries (even those with ‘Right’ governments) has been consistently flattered for a great many years. The natural result has now followed. They are self-satisfied to a degree perhaps beyond the self-satisfaction of any recorded aristocracy. They are convinced that, whatever may be wrong with the world, it cannot be themselves. Someone else must be to blame for every evil. Hence, when the existence of God is discussed, they by no means think of him as their Judge. On the contrary, they are his judges. If he puts up a reasonable defense, they will consider it and, perhaps, acquit him. They have no feelings of fear, guilt or awe. They think, from the very outset, of God’s duties to them, not their duties to him. And God’s duties to them are conceived not in terms of salvation, but in purely secular terms – social security, prevention of war, a higher standard of life” .
Protection: What does the fear of God look like? Asaph sings, “From the heavens you uttered judgment; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to establish judgment, to save all the humble of the earth” . Here, we see two things that inspire the fear of God – his judgment and his kindness. We see the storm of his wrath that rages outside, but we sit silent in awe as he draws us into the cleft of his rock of salvation.
Prayer: Lord, You alone are Judge. In your presence, feelings of fear, guilt and awe, are fitting. In kindness, however, you use your judgment to save the humble. Therefore, we rejoice in our salvation, knowing that we find refuge from the storm of your wrath in Christ alone. Open our eyes to your judgment and your kindness that we may fear you. Amen.
 C.S. Lewis. “Modem Man and his Categories of Thought.” Present Concerns. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Ed. Walter Hooper. 1986. |  Id. |  Psalm 76:8-9 ESV