Discussing Brokenness

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

1 Response

  1. The way I do it is this: We have the image of God in us. We have the immense potential for doing so much good. But there are a lot of voices in this world that come from broken people and broken things that, sometimes, it is so hard to figure out what is the right thing to do. And so we make mistakes. And those mistakes tend to break people. And, as parents, we are just as guilty. Our mistakes break our kids. And much of parenting, as my wife and I have found out, is mitigating the mess that we, ourselves, do to our kids… and the rest of it is mitigating the mess the rest of the world does. In the process, our kids are cracked Aikons… just like us.

    I disagree with the reformed theology of being depraved and sinful from the womb. BUT… we do have the potential, all of us, for that good and evil. It’s not that we are “bad” people or “good” people… but we are all people, kids and parents alike, who have dents and dings and bumps and bruises and cracks that are given to us. And so long as we let that brokeness control us, we will break others as well.

    And, as you said, it is in that damaged state, damaged not because we were born damaged, that God finds us, holds us, loves us, heals us, and helps us overcome the damage done to us by the world around us.