Carla de La Lá, amazing and amazed follower of Jesus, Evangelical Focus

Carla de La Lá (1977) is a Spanish writer and journalist, professor at San Pablo CEU University and director of the Globe Communication agency office in Madrid.

She has collaborated with many mediaamong which stands out, by its originality and its freshness, its activity of political opinion and lifestyle columnist.

She is undoubtedly one of the funniest and most caustic pens of the Spanish sceneand can currently be read in La Razón and OkDiario newspapers.

She has just published her first novel What do you care if you love (What does it matter to you that I love you), which reflects a hundred years of structural change in society through women.

Question. In 2020 you wrote about your encounter with Jesus, saying you thought it was “unthinkable that an intelligent person, under fifty, born in a Western country, educated and psychically balanced, could believe” . What led you to this experience of faith?

Answer. I have many flaws, but two of them have brought me closer to faith. I am extremely unconventional and I need to know. I am not satisfied with just any answer.

So, after 40 years of atheism, reading philosophy, experimenting and thinking, I came to the conclusion that I had to give God a chance, because no human being (with his conclusions) convinced.

Q. In that same article, you quoted the thought of CS Lewis: “Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important” What was its importance in the development of your life after this spiritual conversion?

A. I assume much more than I am able to perceive. I cannot offer a great Christian testimony. I am not a heroine of elevation or holiness, on the contrary, I fight every day against my weaknesses… sometimes I even thought of throwing in the towel.

To be a Christian is a fierce fight, against the world, but above all against oneself. But, there is the answer: I struggle to improve myself and to lower my humanity!

An atheist is only moved, whether he knows it or not, by the pleasure principle.

Life without God (meaningless, on this hamster wheel, trapped in blind and ruthless chance…) requires a narcissism and indolence that I don’t have.

If there was no God, I would probably kill myself, no drama, right? I’ve already had children, planted trees and even written books… Living without a higher purpose no longer interests me.

Q. You recount in a very kind and at the same time endearing way your experience of baptism as a testimony of your faith, as well as the wonder of the family and friends who accompanied you, do they still see you as an “alien”?

A. (Laughs) Yeah, but I used to be weird since kindergarten, so that’s fine.

On the other hand, I don’t generally share my faith with them, because they live it with boredom at best, others with a lot of annoyance (like the girl in the exorcist when they poured holy water on her.. ..j). I understand. I was a very combative atheist.

Q. You have an intense and very publicly exposed life, because you collaborate with several media, and as you tell us, you are not afraid to express your faith, which in our current culture means going against the grain. . How do you live this clash of visions of the world?

A. My faith has caused me more than one conflict and I have lost supposed friends. People confuse politics with faith. I am tired of explaining that I have no political ideology, neither right nor left (politics bores me), that I am moved exclusively by Christian principles.

But I understand the weaknesses of others (not to understand them, with the ones I have) and I am well aware that the Christian worldview is extremely complex and that it takes years of study to know a little more . I say this from my own experience.

People think that because they went to a religious school, they know what it is to be a Christian. I also studied in a school for nuns and this kind of immature faith (Santa Claus, tooth fairy faith) led me to atheism.

Q. If someone near you asked you who Jesus is to you, what would you say?

A. Ufff… Nothing in this world (or outside it) is as interesting, intelligent, funny, desirable, commendable, adorable to me as the figure of Jesus Christ.

Apart from the mission of the Messiah for believers and his theological vision, he was an agitator, an insurgent and a brilliant reformer who proclaimed, against the established order and hierarchy, the most modern and inclusive message ever heard where he embraced the marginalized, the oppressed, the needy and the sinners to offer them an indisputable and outrageous upgrade.

The brilliance of his message, unthinkable in his time, surprisingly extraordinary, was in his insistence on equality and love for others, for all? yes! Even to women, to the poor, to the sick, to strangers, to children and to enemies.

He was accused of being a drunkard and a glutton, a friend of publicans and prostitutes.

Those close to him thought he was alienated, but his preaching transmitted and transmits today, without the slightest shadow of aging, the greatest message of hope addressed to all humanity without exception, which also proclaims the meaning of our existence and our liberation.

Of course, I believe that Jesus is the Lord.

Q. What is your favorite passage (or passages) of the Bible?

A. Ohhh, how difficult! I have been reading the Bible for years, I read it every day, I have gone through different preferences and different levels of knowledge, as I imagine everyone else has. Some passages that I learn by heart.

– The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

– For all the law is accomplished by observing this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

– That’s why we won’t be afraid, even if the earth bends.

– Everything contributes to the good of those who love him.

– For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power.

– So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of itself. Every day has enough worries of its own.

– The kingdom of heaven is within you.

– Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, for that sums up the Law.

– You have heard that it was said: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.[a] 39 But I tell you, do not resist a wicked one. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, also offer him the other cheek.

– Do not worry about anything.

– I know your actions, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other! So, because you’re lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I’m going to spew you out of my mouth.

– Love your enemies. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? And if you only greet your own, what do you do more than the others?

– You set a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup is overflowing.

– Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

Q. Let’s talk about your first novel, What do you care if you love. Why did you write it?

A. Because the publisher Planeta and two others offered me several contracts… I love challenges!

Q. What did this enormous creative work mean to you?

A. I’m still digesting it and sometimes it’s very hard for me. It’s been four years of titanic effort (I’m not a rich heiress and I don’t live on literature). And such an investment in exchange for narcissism is not worth it to me.

I think a lot about what talents mean and the effort it takes to not bury them, which would be the most comfortable position.

Asun Quintana is an evangelical pastor in Madrid (Spain) and coordinator of the women’s working group of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance.

Barry F. Howard