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Truth Smuggler

"Any amount of theology can be smuggled into people's minds under cover of romance without their knowing it."

—C.S. Lewis's Readings for Meditation and Reflection


Read that again. I'll wait a sec.

C.S. Lewis’s reference to romance was a nod to fiction as it deals with events remote from real life and heroic tales of chivalry—not unlike what’s found in the Romance languages, French, Italian and Spanish.

When asked what I do, I say, “I’m an inspirational romance author”. It piques people's interest.

Shhhh. It’s a smuggling method.

God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) We long for a satisfying happily ever after—to journey along with a sympathetic, relatable characters who were greeted, changed, and held together by love, the power of which makes the image of Jesus clearer. The romantic thread that makes us turn pages, listen to people’s words, or observe their actions.


That’s the power of God’s love.

"But, I don't write that fluffy, romantic stuff, Mary. In fact, I don't write anything except checks!"


How Do We Smuggle Truth?
  • In conversation.

The gospels are rife with examples of Jesus smuggling Truth in answering people's questions—a highly effective covert operation.

After Jesus slipped in a little mention of having his own kingdom and that he was born into the world to testify to the Truth, (John 18:36-37) Pilate asked, “What is truth?” (vs 38) Sadly, scripture suggests Pilate never recognized Jesus for who he was and handed him over to be crucified. (John 19:16)


But whether or not the seed of truth falls on fertile soil when we’ve organically smuggled it in isn’t up to us.


Let’s be bold and ask God to give us those opportunities. Bolder still to speak up.

  • In writing

A thank you note, blog, sympathy card, a letter … a novel ... can be effective ways to smuggle theology so long as we communicate with gentleness, humility, and respect. Nothing is more grating than to read text that shouts (overtly or subtely), “Hey reader, you’re a sinner and need Jesus or you’re going to burn in hell.”

  • Creative or recreational endeavors.

Our art or interests may prompt people to inquire about the inspiration—the Creator—behind it. Then ... let the smuggling begin!


Where Do We Smuggle Truth?

Anywhere. Anyplace. Anytime.

  • At work. A kind, unforced word or deed goes a long way to open people’s hearts.

  • At church. (yes, the lost and lonely are there too.)

  • With children who possess an amazing capacity to memorize things. Those little sponges!

  • Rather than pray for an empty seat beside us so we can read (Mary’s latest romance novel) in peace, we could pray for a smuggling opportunity.

Why Do We Smuggle Truth?

Jesus’s return is sure and certain and, by His measure of time, imminent. (Matthew 24:44, Revelation 1:7) and we are engaged in a fierce spiritual warfare for people's souls. Say the word "God" and people—even Satan—are generally comfy. But say “Jesus” and suddenly the room divides in two.

Billy Graham was no poster child for Truth smuggling. I’d bet a ticket to see Donny Osmond perform in Vegas that he faced opposition. And though God effectively used his message and method, today’s audience recoils or reacts violently at Christian catch phrases.


I believe the Lord is more interested in our willingness. Jesus shared with those he knew would reject the Truth.


Grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Psalm 51:12


We are where we are by Sovereign design, called to smuggle Truth however and wherever he leads. And since people can detect contrived acquaintances and fake kindness a mile away, our smuggling should flow from the Spirit and create a pleasing fragrance.


Truth smuggling done well results in a deep soul-satisfaction that comes with obedience.


Please share effective ways and places you've smuggled the truth. We’d all benefit from hearing them.


Thanks for reading!
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Until next time,



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8 Comments


Katherine Pasour
Katherine Pasour
Jul 04, 2022

I like the idea that we can be a "truth smuggler." I have great admiration for C.S. Lewis, but I'd never heard that quote before. Thank you for sharing.

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jul 07, 2022
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I'd never read it until recently. It's one of my favorite quotes from him--and that's saying something!

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nancyehead
Jun 18, 2022

Your post reminds me of Brother Andrew who smuggled Bibles behind the iron curtain and into China. He once explained that God said, Go ye, not Dump ye. So he went. May we all be smugglers. Thanks and God bless!

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jun 19, 2022
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Oh, right. I remember reading about Brother Andrew to my children but that was so long ago I'd forgotten. Thanks for the reminder and sharing his quote. Here's to smuggling!

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mae4him
Jun 17, 2022

I love the idea of "smuggling" truth. That does require some "intentionality," especially when you are teaching in a very secular community college setting, where things religious are not mentioned in class. I had to really look for ways to smuggle in Truth to my students. I remember teaching the use of the word "must" in my Spanish language class. I automatically went to what I knew they had all heard of before: the 10 commandments. So I went through all ten -- translating into Spanish each commandment. I stressed the difference between "should" (a good idea, but not an obligation) and "must"- a much stronger word with an obligation to obey. When they left class that day, they walk…

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jun 17, 2022
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What a fantastic example! As an educator- particularly working with students who don't speak English -you have a rich field in which to plant seeds.. It's a joy to consider how many have considered true Truth because of your faithful intentionality.

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J.D. Wininger
J.D. Wininger
Jun 17, 2022

Amen Ms. Mary. It's in the way we live our lives each day ma'am. Never thought of it in this light. You little "truth smuggler" you. :-) Have a blessed day by blessing someone else; like you just did me.

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Mary A. Felkins
Mary A. Felkins
Jun 17, 2022
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Grateful to share a little bit of what the Lord has shown me. Unlike our beloved animals who don't scoff at the Truth, we have to be more crafty with people, don't we? Thanks for stopping by!

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