In the late Eighties, one of my favorite songwriters released a track that sums up the state of the world in which we live. The song goes like this:
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 joking 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
While Bob Dylan may not possess the sophisticated prose of William Shakespeare, he does know how to make his point. The world is broken. If you need proof of that, just watch the evening news for about five minutes, and you’ll have more than enough.
How did we get here? Fractured relationships and endless conflict between people are not what God created in the beginning. He designed a world where both people and animals lived in perfect harmony. Better yet, they were at peace with God. There was no separation, animosity, or division of any kind.
So what happened?
Did you ever make a volcano in school for science class? You’d begin by forming your volcano out of clay where you’d hide a container of vinegar inside of it. Then, when you were ready for it to erupt, you’d pour in some baking soda. The combination of vinegar and baking soda would cause, well, a slow ooze.
Sin is the world’s baking soda. When Adam disobeyed God in the garden of Eden, he disrupted every semblance of peace. Adam and Eve ran away to hide from God. For the first time ever, there was a separation between the Creator and his creation.
Sadly, the consequences didn’t end there. From that day forward, God said there would be perpetual conflict between men and women. Even the earth would turn against us. God said, “Cursed is the ground because of you” (Ge 3:17). On the same day that Adam sinned, the first animal was slaughtered. By the very next generation, men began killing men. It was Adam and Eve’s son who committed the first murder.
The world has been broken ever since.
We are divided by geographic borders and nationalities. We are further divided into regions and by subcultures. There is often hostility between political affiliations, social classes, races, and genders. Even families are torn apart by one meaningless distinction or another.