The Heart of the Human Problem is the Human Heart

Harvest Partner, News — September 13, 2013

Symptoms are never the actual problem. They only point to a deeper and more critical issue.

Imagine that Joe has a recurring pain in his left shoulder and arm. He may take a regular dosage of Tylenol, but is he really dealing with the cause of his pain?Heart

As it turns out, a visit to the hospital reveals that his heart is in deep trouble and that emergency by-pass surgery is necessary to save his life.

There’s a lesson in this potential story as we consider the state of our nation.

The media bombards us with bad news, day after day and week after week. An innocent child has been abducted. A young teen’s body was found in a ravine. Someone opens fi re in a public school. A young husband and father leaves his home with two men on a test drive and never returns. Days later his burnt body is found.

These tragedies are the symptoms of a society in deep difficulty.

Symptoms are a warning sign. They call our attention to a developing problem or worse, a crisis in the making.

The role of authorities is to manage these symptoms using the instrument of the law. Police forces try their very best to impose restraints on behaviours, but managing symptoms is not enough to turn the tide. What ails us as a society goes much deeper.

Someone aptly said, “The heart of the human problem is the human heart.” The Scriptures speak on this in a variety of ways and tell us emphatically that God weighs the motives of the heart. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of stubborn hearts, hardened hearts, hearts that are far from God. He also speaks of evil in the heart.

As grateful as we are for legislation that seeks to protect and defend people against criminal behaviour, we understand from God’s Word that only He can bring about the transformation that is so desperately needed. Evangelism is where the social dimension of the Gospel absolutely shines! When the message of God’s love touches hearts, it is felt in communities and cities, in schools and neighbourhoods.

EHC is committed to making the glorious Gospel of Christ present in Canada. We will continue to do this home by home, one community at a time because we are convinced that the Gospel is the cure for the deeper ills of our nation.


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