What is Wrong with the World

G. K. Chesterton was a popular English author in the early 20th century. The story is told by Philip Yancey that the The Times of London invited several well-known authors to write essays on the topic, “What’s Wrong with the World?” Chesterton’s entry read simply:


            Dear Sirs,

            I am.

            Sincerely yours,

            G. K. Chesterton


It is true that later Chesterton penned a book entitled, What is Wrong with the World?, which included much more than his brief tome, but I prefer the former rather than the latter. He expressed something about life that we all need to understand: We are “what is wrong with the world.” We were born sinners, thanks to Adam and Eve, and that is at the core of all that we do, say, and think. As Paul says in Romans 3,


9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all; for we have already charged that both Jews and Greeks are all under sin;  10 as it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one;  11 There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God;  12 All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”


It is God and His grace, and only, God and His grace that can change us from the inside out. He is the only One who can take our “heart of stone” and change it into a “heart of flesh.” He is the only One capable of giving life to “those who are dead in trespasses and sins” and granting faith and repentance to those who are at war with Him. And, He does it all through what Christ did on our behalf with His life, death, and resurrection. Christ, and Christ alone, is what is right with the world, and it is in Him that we find life in the midst of death, and light in the midst of darkness.


Praise the LORD! Praise, O servants of the LORD. Praise the name of the LORD. Blessed be the name of the LORD From this time forth and forever. From the rising of the sun to its setting The name of the LORD is to be praised. The LORD is high above all nations; His glory is above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, Who is enthroned on high, Who humbles Himself to behold The things that are in heaven and in the earth?   He raises the poor from the dust, And lifts the needy from the ash heap,  To make them sit with princes, With the princes of His people. He makes the barren woman abide in the house As a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD! (Psalm 113)


1 Comment

  1. Sandra A. said,

    April 2, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Thanks, Brother Clifton, for this reminder that I am what is wrong with the world. What a fitting reminder of why our First Brother went to the cross, died, and was gloriously resurrected on the third day. What a reason to celebrate!!

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