The Truth about the Mess We're In

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:

The Word of truth knows what we need most.

Let God Be True (4)

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
… Romans 5.12

A matter of opinion?
Ask a dozen people what they consider the greatest problem facing our world, and you’re likely to get almost as many different answers: “More justice!” cries one. “Economic opportunity,” insists another. “Less government”; “More government”; “Better education”; “Free health care”; “Environmental reform!” – the list goes on.

Most of these answers identify real problems, but they don’t quite get at the true nature of the mess we’re in as human beings. They’re rather like Yossarian, the character in Joseph Heller’s novel Catch-22, who believed that covering his cold comrade with his flight jacket would relieve his suffering, only to discover that the reason he was cold had nothing to do with the outside air, but everything to do with the life-blood oozing out through a wound in his back, which Yossarian could not see.

We may have firm convictions about the problems that face us, and effective and perhaps even noble solutions or technologies for addressing those problems. But if we have misdiagnosed the truth of the situation, we’ll only end up making matters worse. What we fail to consider or see about a situation, can be our undoing.


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