Released just last month (presumably to target the Halloween crowd), the Focus on the Family Radio Theater has come out with a dramatic production of The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis. But the offerings, and the manner in which they are being offered disturbs my spirit. I read this small book some years ago, and somewhere in a box we have a version on cassette. For my part, it served to create a heightened sense of the spiritual warfare that occurs each day, in each of our lives. Here is the description from the website:
“Featuring a top-notch cast, cinema-quality sound and more than four hours of delightfully disturbing (and often diabolically humorous) entertainment, The Screwtape Letters will open your eyes and ears to the devil’s schemes — and to the One who has overcome them.”
Was this really the author’s intent? Delight? And would he support the free downloads offered, such as wallpaper, ringtones (including “Screwtape’s Revenge,” and “Underworld March”), computer icons (featuring a demon with glowing eyes, flames, and flying pitchforks) and other “infernal devices”? To look at the website, you begin to wonder who the “star” of this show really is.
Admittedly, I am an absolute Scrooge when it comes to Halloween, so my sensibilities are perhaps more offended than most. Doesn’t this just play into the hand of the adversary’s agenda, to entice us to be entertained by (and even laugh at) Satan and his minions and devices?
Is this really all in the name of fun, or should believers be concerned? What do you think?