You can recite the symptoms: increasing violence, a growing gap between ethnic and religious groups, anxiety, fear and hopelessness about the future. It’s not a pretty picture, but it’s an accurate description of the world you experience. So how did we get here? There are some obvious answers: technology – especially social media, lack of opportunity for a better life, institutions that have failed and a growing cynicism that has taken on a life of its own. But there is one thing that has had a far greater impact than anything else. It’s the fact that we are created by God to be in relationship with God, but far too often turn away – as individuals, churches and the world. So what do we do? Focus on first things first. And the first of all first things is that God has created you, loves you passionately and longs to be in relationship with you.