The paralysis of analysis or the openness of brokenness?

Our culture analyzes everything. We mentally pick things to pieces. Yet, sometimes our logic locks out love. Love often doesn’t compute — it can be very irrational. Yet love is an essential ingredient for a lovely life! Without love, we’re human information processors — feeling accurate but lonely — full of proud hypotheses, trapped in the paralysis of analysis.

Brokenness breaks the brain’s burden of analysis. It opens us up to thinking with the heart, not just with the mind. Brokenness breaks us out of the mental box that the brain’s logic has left us in (accumulated left brain information) and gives us the right to hear fresh ideas with our heart (free-flowing right brain inspiration).

“Love is not the absence of logic
but logic examined and recalculated
heated and curved to fit
inside the contours of the heart”
–Tammara Webber

Brokenness opens us up to love’s openness and keeps our heart from going down the brain drain. Like Roto Rooter, brokenness unclogs our heart.

Analysis is tidy. Brokenness is messy.
Analysis follows logic. Brokenness flows with light.
Analysis is programmed. Brokenness is unprogrammed.
Analysis relies on the head. Brokenness releases the heart.
Analysis process information. Brokenness embraces inspiration.
Analysis is controlled. Brokenness is surrendered.
Analysis is rational. Brokenness is revelatory.
Analysis is boastful. Brokenness is humble.
Analysis is closed to what it can’t explain.
Brokenness is open to and desperate for miracles.

The psalms of King David flow with brokenness — an incredible man humbled before God. The Jewish prophet, Isaiah, put it this way: “‘Woe to me!’ I cried. ‘I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.'” And Paul of Tarsus declared: “O wretched man that I am,” and “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” John the Baptizer said: “He must increase, I must decrease.”

Yet, contrary to these biblical examples, church meetings in the West tend to be based on analysis — programmed to a tee — centered around a one man theological analysis of a Bible passage.  However, in the Greek New Testament, church is called ekklesia and it is a group of broken people called out of the pride of life and into participatory and interactive, support-group-style meetings in submission to and obedience to the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.

Read more about ekklesia here: The Lost Word of the Bible — Ekklesia

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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