Though David French's new piece on Christian Celebrity is not based on CS Lewis, he is referenced and quoted, and I thought it a propos to our discussion here. I had offered the opinion this morning that non-denoms were likely particularly vulnerable because there is little or no accountability structure, but the examples French gives include denominational offenders. His point that celebrity itself can make you think you are above the rules. I also wonder if those prone to mania are more susceptible.
Moreover, the celebrity’s apparent talent and relevant success teach him to do the things he must not do: to trust himself, to believe that he is a person of virtue, to believe that he is important. This is particularly dangerous when talent and success almost always create both opportunity and motive for serious sin.
French writes about the qualities that offer some protection, the first of which is humility. He closes with an aside about his time in Iraq during The Surge as a lead in to an interesting version of a Christmas carol.