What’s wrong with the world? What would you say? Where would you start? In the early 1900s, a British newspaper posed that very question, “What’s wrong with the world?” In response, a well-known Catholic theologian named G. K. Chesterton sent in his response to the paper: “Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton.”
He got it. We often don’t, but he got it. What’s wrong with the world? I am! In the midst of all the blaming and all the excuses, here’s the reality in my life: I am the worst sinner that I know, and the biggest problem in my life is my sin. Are you willing to say that? That’s the message—the truth!—from the Bible: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). What’s wrong with the world? I am!
Thankfully, that’s not the whole truth from the Bible. When you recognize your sin and the part—the very big part!—you play in our broken world, listen to how that same verse ends: “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” You can’t see your Savior Jesus without first seeing your sin. But once you see your sin, rejoice that Jesus took what’s wrong with our world—your sin and mine—and died for it on the cross, so that we can be forgiven and saved. You are justified freely by God’s grace in Jesus Christ! When you see what’s wrong with our world, focus your eyes on Jesus.