There was once a rich lawyer who found himself stranded when his car broke down in the middle of a rough neighbourhood—you know one of those neighbourhoods where there is constant gang warfare and the law of ‘who-holds-the-biggest-stick’ is in play. As the lawyer waited for his tow truck to arrive, five teenagers approached his car and started harassing him. Just before the incident could get too serious, the tow truck driver arrived. He took the leader of these teenagers aside and said, ‘Man, the world ain’t supposed to work like this. Maybe you don’t know that, but this ain’t the way it’s supposed to be’ (Not the Way it's Supposed to be, 7).
And I think that’s a good way to understand sin and the state of our world. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be. We see so much sadness and pain, brokenness and war. It’s just not the way it’s supposed to be.
After journeying through Martin’s excellent series on ‘Making Space for the Gospel’, I have been wondering, ‘Well what is the gospel?’ ‘Gospel,’ quite simply means ‘good news.’ And the good news is that even though the world isn’t the way it’s supposed to be, God is making it right again. The good news is salvation for those who are dying, social justice for those who are mistreated, hope for those who have lost hope, beauty in a world that is marred by brokenness, peace to those who have only known violence. This is what God is doing in our world. And God calls all of us to join him in brining hope, peace, joy, beauty and salvation to our world. To make right that which is not the way it’s supposed to be. To make space for the gospel in our lives.
Originally penned for East Taieri Church bulletin