Everything Is Broken
It is good to be back home after our sojourn in the far country. We had a great visit with my parents. I didn't get to play golf with my Dad this trip; there's nothing like 105 degree heat to get one out of the golfing mood! But we had a great visit.
Not long before I left, Julia Denton mentioned a Bob Dylan song to me and how well the lyrics fir in with my sermon series on the 7 Churches of Asia. I've never been much of a Dylan fan; I get too tired listening so hard because I'm to understand the slurred lyrics. As it turns out, the song she sent me does fit well, and I will probably use it in my sermon on Sardis. As it also turns out, I bumped into to Dylan's lyrics Wednesday night. The church Sonya and Bob attend in Nashville is having a summer series that they call "A Musical Conversation." They have been having local music talent (and there is a little of that in Nashville) come in a perform and discussing faith issues as raised by the music. We were there for Buddy Greene, who did a great job singing a little and talking about the gospel and the stories behind some of the songs.
As it turns out, the first son that he did was an old Bob Dylan song called "Everything is Broken." I don't think I'd ever heard the song before, but then I'm not a Dylan fan. But the song really does capture the essence of our world, doesn't it--
Broken lines broken strings; broken threads broken springs
Broken idols broken heads; people sleeping in broken beds
Ain't no use jiving; ain't no use jokin'-- everything is broken.
Broken bottles broken plates; broken switches broken gates
Broken dishes broken parts; streets are filled with broken hearts
Broken words never meant to be spoken-- everything is broken.
Seem like every time you stop and turn around
Something else just hit the ground
Broken cutters broken saws; broken buckles broken laws
Broken bodies broken bones; broken voices on broken phones
Take a deep breath feel like you're chokin'-- everything is broken.
Everytime you leave and go off someplace things fall to pieces in my face
Broken hands on broken ploughs; broken treaties broken vows
Broken pipes broken tools; people bending broken rules
Hound dog howling bullfrog croaking-- everything is broken.
The reason that we need Jesus is that everything really is broken. A correct understanding of the gospel has to begin with a correct understanding of the fall. What happened in Eden was not that Adam and Eve just broke God's rules-- they broken God's heart. The result of sin was that the entire world shifted on its axis and everything became broken. The entire creation groans under the weight of that brokenness and looks with expectation to the time when everything will be un-broken (see Romans 8:18-25). The problems we see in the world today are the result of our brokenness-- everything is broken. The only thing that can put our Humpty-Dumpty world back together is the power of the cross. And one day it will. Until then, everything is broken.