It’s Got to Be Perfect?

Fairground Attraction’s 1988 number one hit, ‘It’s Got to Be Perfect’ echoes the aspirations of many of us.

Trouble is, in life’s close-up detail, nothing really is perfect; although sometimes we dupe ourselves into believing it.

We conceive of a pain-free world. We imagine happy marriages mean we’ll rarely disagree. We idealise celebrities. We listen to vain promises by swollen-headed leaders. We believe utopian promises made by philosophers, or religionists who hand us a flawless book to follow.

Investigating closely, we find it just isn’t so.

But let’s not be pessimistic: In the words of Leonard Cohen, ‘There’s a crack, a crack in everything—That’s how the light gets in’.

In the Christian scriptures, we read of a man named Paul who had a moment’s brief encounter with the future perfection that lies ahead for the world. He later wrote, ‘Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.’ (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Our current world is far from perfect—so much so that when God’s perfection walked among us 2000 years ago, we crucified him. But, in Jesus’ resurrection from death, the perfection he brought has risen undimmed. In the obscurities of life, we can follow him to the world’s end.

Mark Warner