Following up on this post about Dorothy Sayers, I read an article this morning on the CNN Religion Blog, and I made the mistake of glancing at the comment thread. This is something I almost never do because the comment threads of poorly monitored websites are typically a mess of name calling and drive-by insults. Anyway, one comment caught my attention.
A respondent said, “The problem that Christianity has is that it has to convince normal healthy people that they are fundamentally broken.”
I certainly know that most people want to deny the reality of their own brokenness and typically want to make excuses for it, but I’ve never found it particularly difficult to demonstrate the sinfulness of humanity. Once we establish that, I don’t think it is a big jump to demonstrate the sinfulness of individuals. Of course, as in the Sayer’s quote, we would really rather find a way to put the blame on someone or something else.
So, what do you think? How hard is it to convince people of their basic brokenness?