Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are getting divorced. Though I don’t know them, I’m grieved at the news: divorce is always painful, and the thought of their 6 children having to grow up without a mom and a dad in the same house makes me sad. This news of yet another failed celebrity marriage has got me thinking.
Our Deepest Problems Are Spiritual Problems
Our deepest problems are spiritual problems. If this were not the case, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would not be getting divorced. If our deepest problems were merely material problems, then money would solve our problems. If money could solve our problems, then rich people would never get divorced.
Our culture is obsessed with material reality. We’ve bought into the self-evident lie that the only reality that matters is that which we can see, taste, touch, and measure. But, this belief is self-evidently false, because material solutions don’t actually fix our deepest problems. Spiritual reality matters. Our deepest problems are spiritual problems, and so they can’t be solved with material solutions. Spiritual reality is just as real as material reality, but because we can’t see, taste, touch, and measure spiritual reality, our culture pretends it’s not real.
Unfortunately, the effects of spiritual brokenness are quite real, and these effects are all around us:
- War is a result of spiritual brokenness;
- Divorce is a result of spiritual brokenness;
- Racism is a result of spiritual brokenness, etc.
Yes, these problems have material results, but the roots of these problems are spiritual.
Again, if our deepest problems were merely material in nature, then we could buy solutions to our problems. This is the false god of wealth. If our deepest problems were merely material, we could solve our deepest problems through technological invention. This is the false god of progress.
If our deepest problems were merely material, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie wouldn’t be getting divorced.
What about you? What is the spiritual brokenness in your heart producing in your life?
These come from our hearts, and their effects can be seen in the material world. But, they can’t be fixed with material solutions.
This is the human predicament: our problems all have spiritual roots, and we can’t fix ourselves.
This is the gospel: the God who is Spirit entered into material reality and fixed our Problem himself.
Do you understand?
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