Broken

The Christian story starts with a premise and a problem. The premise is that the world is created and sustained by a God who is love. The problem is that the world does not reflect that love. The Christian word for that brokenness—that distance between the way that the world is and the way that the world ought to be—is sin.

Good and Broken

The world is broken; we know that the world is broken; we can see that the world is broken. But it’s important to remember that the brokenness of the world does not overwhelm its goodness.

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Relationships, Not Rules

It’s easy to imagine that sin is about failing to follow a set of divine rules, and there might be something to that. But the deeper brokenness of the world is found in distorted relationships: relationships where we fail to serve one another, to help one another, to love one another. What we need is not more rigid rules, but restored relationships.

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I Am Broken. We Are Broken.

The brokenness of the world is personal and systematic; and those two kinds of brokenness are deeply intertwined. What I do affects systems and what systems do affects me. Changing that begins with acknowledging the totality of that brokenness.

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The Cracks in the World

One of the things that the world teaches us to do is to turn a blind eye to brokenness. Just like we need to learn to see both personal and systemic sin, we also need to learn to learn to see the way that the cracks of sin reach into everything that is.

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Kintsugi

God embraces the world in all of its brokenness. God reclaims the world in love. And God enlists us as co-conspirators in the work of Tikkun Olam: repairing the world. That work doesn’t erase the cracks, but it does make them worth something. It might even make them beautiful.

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