The story is told that The Times of London at one point early in the 1900s posed this question to several prominent authors: “What’s wrong with the world today?” The well- known author G.K. Chesterton is said to have responded with a one-sentence essay:
Yours, G.K. Chesterton
His witty reply is unnerving and unexpected. But it is also very Biblical. Is that how you see yourself? Do you take the worst that the Bible has to say about the enemies of God, and confess that that is exactly who you would be without the electing grace of God? Do you see Jesus there on the cross as He takes the very imprecations of God on your behalf? Christian salvation frees us to be doubly honest. We are brutally honest about our sin and need, apart from Jesus. But we are also brutally honest about free and gracious salvation in Christ alone.