I never had to teach my kids to lie. It came naturally for them. I’ve often found myself surprised at the creative ways my kids will get into trouble. As a kid, I know I sure found plenty of ways to break the rules.
We’re often surprised and frustrated at the sin of others, but not so often troubled by our own sin. There is something a bit devious inside of us that suppresses our personal accountability to sinful motives and actions. That’s why Jesus said in Matthew 7:5, "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye."
When Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the garden of Eden, sin entered the world. Sin only breaks. John 10:10 says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” We see the brokenness as a result of sin in four ways.
- Sin breaks our relationship with ourselves. We were meant to live understanding that we are valuable not because of what we can do or what we own, but because of who we are (image bearers of God) and whose we are (adopted children of our heavenly Father).
- Sin breaks our relationship with others. All of us have felt the effects of brokenness in relationships.
- Sin breaks our relationship with creation. God created us to live in harmony with the design of the world. Because of sin and the collective work of sin (the curse), creation rebels against man and man rebels against creation. One example can be seen in our work. Work was designed to be a blessing to us - providing an outlet for our gifting and a way to rule the earth as stewards and providers. However, work is often plagued by an unjust inequality in power, selfishness, and boredom. Another example of our brokenness in relationship with creation is seen in our bodies. God created us to live in harmony with our bodies as stewards. However, we see sickness and pain all around us. Finally, we see the created world rebel against man in natural disasters.
- Sin breaks our relationship with God. We suppress a knowledge of God, rebel against his law and design for the world, and generally do not prioritize our relationship with the one who deserves all of our faithfulness and worship.
Three important questions for discerning any worldview are: Where did we come from, what’s wrong in the world, and how are we going to fix it?” By seeing the world through the grid of sin and the curse, we can understand the ultimate cause of pain, suffering, and brokenness in the world.
In our next blog post, we’ll talk about redemption, and how Jesus in his life, death, burial, and resurrection have defeated the curse allowing us to experience healing in our relationship with ourselves, others, creation and God.