Claire Smith on a cultural shift in language: “Broken bad”
I’ve noticed something of a cultural shift in the way we evangelicals talk about the human condition: more and more, we are ‘broken’, rather than ‘sinners’—people who act out of our ‘brokenness’, not our ‘sin’, rebellion’, ‘disobedience’ or ‘rejection’ of God. And I’m not convinced this shift is all good.
And I would have to agree that this is not all good. Referring to ourselves as “broken” rather than “sinners” or “rebels against God” has seemed to me to be trying to avoid seeing us as how an all-holy, all-righteous God must see us. But Claire Smith has done a far better job of explaining the pitfalls in this language – and she lists no fewer than ten such possible pitfalls in Broken bad. This is an essay well worth pondering. (Hat tip: Anglican Church League)