Thursday, June 18, 2009

False Freedom That Leaves Us Broken

“I was born in 1975, and from anorexia to date rape, from the utter inability to feel safe on the streets to stories about stalking and stalkers, from teenage girls finding themselves miserably pregnant to women in their late 30s and early 40s finding procreation miserably difficult, this culture has not been kind to women. And it has not been kind to women at the very moment that it has directed an immense amount of social and political energy to “curing” their problems.” - Wendy Shalit

I just read this in John Ensor’s book Doing Right in Matters of the Heart and my first thoughts was “wow, this is so true!” We live in an age that women can do more than in any time in history. In this last presidential election we had a woman running for both president and vice president. Women can get the highest levels of education and can be the CEO of major companies. Women can do almost whatever they could ever want!

Yet even with all of this “freedom”, I look around and see broken women. I look at the girls in my generation and I am distressed. I see all the depression, suicide, eating disorders, pregnancies, and STDs and my heart is broken. I see girls that are desperate for love yet only end up with broken hearts. In every generation it has gotten worse.

As humans we all long for completion. We long to not thirst for that mysterious thing that nothing can seem to satisfy. We seek to fill our lives with whatever seems to make us happy. We seek liberty from what we assumed was causing our unhappiness, only to be found with more unhappiness.

“Women’s Liberty” and feminism doesn’t save.

The gospel saves.

In all of this; in all of our thirstiness, in all of our discontentedness, in all of our brokenness, it all comes back to the fact that we are sinful people. Sinful people with a need for God. Saint Augustine said it better then I ever could when he said, “Thou hast made us for thy self, Oh Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee”.

Jesus is our hope, our joy, our completion, our fulfillment. Nothing else will satisfy the longings of our heart. No matter what man does to find happiness and joy it will fail. But Jesus will never fail.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! I love that last paragraph especially! What truth! Thank you so much for sharing :) Blessings :)

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  2. What an encouragement. As the mom of 6girls this is a scary place to raise them, but I can keep my eyes on Him and find a way through all the "muck".

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