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The heart of the human problem

What troubles you? Climate change, corruption, global poverty? Racism, warlords, extremist movements? Problems and threats fill the news.

But it’s not all bad. Charities, aid workers and activists grapple with the ills of our age, enlisting our help by every possible means.

We can choose to turn a blind eye and deaf ears to our agonised planet, or simply salve our consciences with a bit of spare change and clicktivism. The Tsunami of suffering and injustice in the world can leave us floundering, feeling helpless.

If only things were different. John Lennon’s famous song “Imagine” paints a utopian picture of a world without trouble:

“Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…”

But as much as idealists like John Lennon might like it, we can’t simply wish away our problems. Fighting is everywhere, not just between nations, but also friends, family and colleagues.

If only the solution were as easy as blaming it all on religion.

Let’s get to the heart of the matter. The Times once sent out an inquiry to famous authors, asking, “What’s wrong with the world today?” and writer G.K Chesterton responded:

“Dear Sir, I am. Yours, G.K. Chesterton.”

Can we start by acknowledging the heart of our problem is the problem of the human heart? Your heart, my heart?

Perhaps we need something, or Someone, that will meet our deepest inner need and calm the raging storms within.

This is part one of a gospel series, adapted from our leaflet “The Biggest Issue”. Find part two here.

Published 12th December 2017 with tags: gospel idealism society

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