I entered the world broken.
Born early, my twin sister and I spent days in a neonatal ward. I went home first and my sister grew strong enough to finally leave the hospital.
Though I barely weighed over three pounds, I wasn’t broken in the natural sense. What you’d observe on the outside or internal medical issues. Yet, an unseen and underlying brokenness existed.
All human flesh is born broken. It escalates each day we live until the cracks and scars become noticeable. It’s not detectable in a newborn baby but soon makes appearances in a young child.
I’m not sorry.
No one likes me.
I’m angry she died.
I want to run fast like that boy.
I want _____ and _____. (There are many fill in the blanks.)
Broken in our soul. A brokenness only mended by special glue. Soul glue. The cracks supernaturally filled by the one true God of the universe.
But. We. Are. Confused. We search. We ponder. The enemy and our culture plants deception in our minds and souls of who or what is the true fixer.
Misinformed, we’ve applied substitute adhesives to patch broken places. Bargain-brand gods. Copycats.
Oh, they may do the trick for momentary and quick fixes. Here’s the bottom line, momentary and quick never meets the demands for brokenness. It’s short-lived and eventually exposes copycat gods as mere mimics. Deep and long-lasting healing isn’t in their wheelhouse.
Dethroning 7 Copycat gods
1. Love of money. Chasing fortune piggybacks on our God-given dreams. Andy Stanley confirms, “What you have is less important than what you do with what you have.” The soul glue: The love of God. Luke 10:27, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind….”
2. Power and control. Striving to control every detail of our lives, other people, and the world around us. It makes us miserable and everyone in our lives. This copycat god isn’t plugged into the main source. We’ll tire of outages. Supreme control belongs to a supreme being. The soul glue: The all-powerful God’s in control. 2 Chronicles 20:6, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might….”
3. Fame. Our souls bow to success, ride the coattails of talents, and keep the pot boiling with our drive for more. More dazzle. More glitter. More pizzazz. But we’re still empty. The soul glue: The name above every name—Jesus. Psalm 72:17, “May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun!…”
4. People. Humans crawl onto our idol-pedestals and we pay them homage. The only flesh and blood to meet the God-standards? Jesus. The soul glue: The worship of God alone. Genesis 24:48, “Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord….”
5. Me. There are times my heart desires the applause. My flesh wrestles to get all the glory. But my spirit is wrecked by His glory. The eclipse of the Son’s light changes everything. The soul glue: The glory of the Most High. Isaiah 6:1, “I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.”
6. Religion. Practicing do’s and don’ts instead of relational obedience to the one true God. The soul glue: The communion with a Savior. Isaiah 43:11, “I, I am the Lord, and besides me there is no savior.”
7. Atheism. The ultimate deceptive god on the planet. Hoodwinked about truth. A god whose premise lies in the idea that there’s no God. The soul glue: The belief in a real and known God. Isaiah 45:5, “I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”
Each of these gods pitch a slick-selling guise that will never fill our deepest longings. They will always fall short to fix our broken souls.
“I need Christ, not something that resembles Him.” C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed.
*All Scripture used is ESV.