Loving Edmund | Lessons from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

So, I'm reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and I find myself not willing nor wanting to love Edmund.

Now, if you haven't read the first installment of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia, then let me catch you up.

Four children walk through a coat-filled wardrobe in England during World War II and find the land of Narnia, a magical place filled with fantastic creatures and talking animals.

The White Witch, a a villain, has imprisoned Narnia in ice and snow.  She deceives and captures one of the children, Edmund, by promising to make him the King of Narnia. This would finally allow him to put his sisters and his older brother, Peter, in their proper place... at his feet.  All it will cost him is giving the witch what she wants, his siblings on a platter.  Soon Edmund realizes the promises were lies and he is now a prisoner of the White Witch.

Now his brother and sisters must seek help from the great lion Aslan, Narnia’s creator and rightful ruler, to release Narnia and rescue Edmund.

Now back to this business of me not being willing nor wanting to love Edmund. If you have read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, you would know why I am struggling to find love for the younger brother.

I'm frustrated that Edmund is "beastly" towards his younger sister, Lucy.

I'm angry because he betrayed his family to pursue his own desire of power so that he might lord it over them.

I'm saddened at his mocking of Aslan, Narnia's savior.

Are these feeling valid? Of course, but here is why it's a problem.  They affect the way I should view Edmund, someone who has been deceived by the enemy.

As I continued to read, my feelings soon change from anger and frustration to heartbreak and sadness.  He is a little boy who is trapped by the evil one and "does not know what he is doing."

You've probably guessed what the proper response is by now, but let me remind you anyways.  We are to love and forgive such hurt.  Let's take to heart Jesus' response to this type of betrayal and hurt:

But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing."
- Luke 23:34

We must forgive, love and cling to the hope that those who hurt us or betray us would soon fall under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

I haven't finished the book yet, but I've seen the movie.  I know Edmund redeems himself, but more importantly, he accepts the sacrifice of Aslan's life.  Edmund is a better person because of it.

Here is the kicker, I am Edmund.  The more I read, I begin to realize that Christ died for the Edmunds of this world and I am Edmund.  I am grateful for the King's love and sacrifice.

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes in sight,
At the sound of His roar, sorrows will be no more.
When He bares His teeth, winter meets its death,
And when He shakes His mane, we shall have spring again.
                                                                        Old Narnia Rhyme
"Long Live the True King!"

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