I use a book in my Bible class called How to Be Your Own Selfish Pig by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, the daughter of Francis Schaeffer. The book addresses some of the issues that we are now facing in our society due to postmodernism and the issues of moral relativism and subjective truth.

Susan quotes  Carly Simon from her song “That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard it Should Be.” She says, “And yet they drink, they laugh; Close the wound, hide the scar…” The meaning is clear. We often go through life not facing our needs and our pains. We laugh our way through it all and pretend that everything is going to be ok. The problem with closing that wound is that we just might be closing it up with the infection still inside.

Susan shares that we live in a world that just doesn’t ask the tough questions of life anymore. I guess we just settle for the newest fad or philosophical idea. We have a tendency of calling things ‘progress’ when in all actuality it may be regression; especially spiritual regression. We let go of absolutes and settle for imitation. We are  more concerned with feelings, inclusiveness, and tolerance than we are with truth. In the end we end up with nothing to really cling to.

But this is where the problem lies. Mankind has a need, a longing that can only be met in one way. That way is in the restoration of a relationship long ago broken. We are a wounded people. The Fall damaged us- physically, mentally, and most of all spiritually. Mankind is yearning for restoration.

Sure we can follow all the religions and philosophies which point to man being the solution to all the problems we experience. That is the path of secularism and works based religion. We can self help ourselves to death. But any attempt to close the wound and hide the scar will only serve as  a masquerade.

John Stott wrote, “There is a hunger in the heart of man which none but God can satisfy, a vacuum, which only God can fill.” That is why we call Jesus the Great Physician. He heals the wounds of a fallen people. Not only does He close the wound, but He takes on the scars Himself.

So stop looking for a temporary fix, a bandage for a problem with only one solution. Man-made religions and philosophies can not deal with the problem.

But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
– Isaiah 53:5

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  1. God does indeed work in mysterious ways. As I’m trying a million things (a million in one perhaps) to heal myself, I heard Carly Simon sing those words this morning and began wondering about closing emotional wounds too quickly, without allowing the underlying “infection” to heal. I was writing about this in my journal but couldn’t remember the name of the Carly Simon song, so I did a quick Google search. I found the name of the song, but I also found your article above. While certainly God has been part of my solution, maybe I’ve lost track that He wants to be ALL of my solution. Thanks for the great post.

    • It is amazing how God works things out. I am a Christian educator and today was speaking about not letting life events pass us by without first seeing how they are influencing our actions. We cannot just sweep issues under the rug and act as if they have no impact on us. As soon as I got your email, I had just assigned my students a journal entry where they were to discuss life events that have influenced the way in which they behave and believe. Your comment to my blog post was amazing timing. I shared your response with my class today. Letting wounds close without dealing with issues is not a helpful thing. We have to learn from life events and deal with the circumstances that come our way. Wow!

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