C. S. Lewis, giving a guest lecture in 1944 to King’s College (at the University of London), said that the desire to be in the inner circle (whatever it may be) is one of the “great permanent mainsprings of human action. Of all passions, the passion for the Inner Ring is most skillful in making a man who is not yet a very bad man do very bad things.” Applied to the realm of religion, this is especially true! Like the ancient dog of fable who, while carrying his bone, paused at seeing its own reflection in the water, and grabbing at the mirrored prize lost the one he had, there are multitudes who have lost all to deception.

–Preaching the Word – Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ.