Humanity Has Made Great Progress. Why Do We Still Feel So Empty?

“One of the myths of our modern world is that all humanity needs to do to experience wholeness, redemption, utopia, whatever you want to name it, is to continue the forward march of progress until we fix ourselves up enough. But, experience tells us that, no matter how great our external lives are, there is always an emptiness and a chaos within.” Why is this? How do you tame the chaos inside your own heart? RZIM Asia-Pacific’s Alex Stark looks this today in his Take Five talk, “Chaos: How to Tame.”

Joseph Strauss, the Bridge’s architect, believed that the Golden Gate Bridge would demonstrate man’s control over nature and so it did. No engineer, however, has discovered a way to control the wildness within.

Experience tells us that no matter how great our external lives are, there is always an emptiness and a chaos within. It is to this paradox actually that the Christian story speaks, and its answer is simply this: presence, God’s presence.

Though we were made to make this world beautiful, the key ingredient was always that of being in relationship with God.

Make it Personal

  • If the fall ruptured the twofold purpose of humanity, “to take God’s world forward, but always in the presence of God,” what does it look like to reclaim and live out that purpose? Is that possible?

  • What does it look like to live in God’s presence in a world that does not live as such?

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