Victimhood mentality has invaded every sphere of life. Politics, education, even marriages are now subject to the false idea that humans have no control over the outcome. Women just happen to become pregnant. Children’s homework is not done instead of children not doing their homework. Husbands watch porn, wives fall in love with other men in a seemingly helpless state of affairs.
And in the church, we live in a fallen, broken world. Sin just happens.
I thought the church would be immune to the disease of victimhood mentality, especially as it is distinctly anti-Gospel in the way that it asserts the powerlessness of the victim. But instead, we have embraced victimhood mentality in the form of brokenness.
The world is a fallen place. We choose to sin. And sin. And sin. Christ has made us new and we are no longer slaves to the dysfunctional world but are victors in Christ. Church, we must stop living like you are a broken piece of clay pot and start living like Jesus is transforming you into His likeness. Because He has, is, and will.
When we are in Christ, we are “more than conquerors.” The start and end of Romans 8 affirms that Christ has set us free from sin and can live in the Spirit. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” That includes ourselves. God is bigger than nature, He is bigger than societal pressures, finances, unhealthy relationships. He is bigger than anything external. Is He not bigger than our internal? “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
Christians: stop acting like you are a simpering, sniveling, and sick person. Through Christ, you are more than a conqueror, over all of your personal shortcomings and sins. The Gospel message says that humans are sinful and do not measure up to God’s standard of holiness, but the Good News is that Jesus did. In this world we will have trouble, but take heart- Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33) and His spirit lives within us.
The brokenness message gives us a license to keep living in sin. When we define ourselves as broken, we are not submitting to Christ in every area of our lives. We are effectively lying to ourselves by saying that we cannot help but sin and we have no self-control due to the deprivation of mankind- 1 Timothy 1:7 and Galatians 5:23 directly contrast with this message.
In Christ, you are not broken. You are just choosing sin time and time again in a fallen world. Granted, this is where the power of God is made perfect (2 Corinthians 12:9), but the current state of brokenness culture says “Look at me” instead of “Look at God.” Instead of using our shortcomings as a way to usher the Lord’s presence into our lives, we are obsessed with just how depraved we can be instead of how good God is.
There is no beauty in this type of brokenness. Brokenness implies that something is working contrary to its design, and our design is to live in fellowship with the Lord. The only beauty in brokenness is the beauty that God orchestrates out of the messes that we choose to make. We call this grace upon grace.
The grace of God that allows us to live in a vibrant relationship with Him is built on grace and full of truth (John 1:14). Reflect, for a moment, on the woman who Jesus saved from being stoned. She had been sleeping around with someone who was not her husband and was dragged into the temple, probably naked, alone, and terrified. Many of us know the story- after some back and forth, Jesus calls out all of the religious leaders, saying “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” One by one, they put down their rocks and leave until it is just the woman and her Savior.
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
We have been made clean, not perfect. We are going to fail to measure up to a standard of holiness. But in Christ, we are a new creation. If you believe that the old has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17), you cannot continue finding your identity in your wreck of destroyed homes and relationships and workplaces and mistakes and sin. Instead, you must find your identity in Christ- the author and perfecter of our faith. He, and only He, can make broken pots new.
The world may be broken, but you are not. Go and sin no more, living the abundant life offered to you in Jesus.