No Solution at All

John 6:8-9

There’s no problem too big for God to solve.

Did you feel the same way that I felt a weekend ago as protesters and counter-protesters converged on Charlottesville and, rather than expressing their heart-felt ideas about the flaws in our society, launched into full-blown street battles? Whether you’re inclined to agree more with those on one side or the other, hopefully you can agree that strapping on helmets and going into the public square with pepper spray, clubs, and other antisocial devices did not accomplish anything worth accomplishing.

But, Mark, you might argue, the problem is so huge, so ingrained into our culture, so long-standing, so insidious, so convoluted that there’s no way for polite debate to solve things. Don’t you think that if the problems of racism could be fixed then somebody surely would have fixed them already? Look at the four years of civil war that were required to put an end to slavery, 150 years ago. That solved, imperfectly, one aspect of this issue, but it didn’t fix the whole mess. Do we really believe that anything short of open conflict is going to finally fix the situation?

I would argue that open conflict won’t solve anything. It’s no solution, but a genuine reliance on Christ can provide the fix. I’m not talking about trotting out Bible verses meant to explain why my side is right. I’m talking about laying the whole mess at the foot of the cross.

We can’t do that for society as a whole, but I can do it for myself. You can do it for yourself. And if Jesus can take one kid’s lunch and feed 5,000, then he can use our faith to begin genuine healing in our land.

  • What problems do you allow yourself to believe are too big for Jesus to handle? What makes you think that?
  • What matters do you need to drop from your own hands and put into his?
  • Ask God to make you as trusting as the boy with the five loaves and two fish as you face the huge issues of your life.
About the Author

Mark Browning

Connection Point Member
Mark Browning is an English professor at Johnson County Community College. Mark also writes curriculum for LifeWay Resources and Connection Point Church. Visit Mark's personal blog at