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