I realized this week through an odd series of events how much I value questions. I’m interested in the whos, hows, and whys of things, and I get extremely frustrated when leaders leave people’s questions unanswered. Saying “You just have to have faith– you can’t understand everything.” doesn’t cut it for me. Sure, Christianity relies on blind faith to an extent, but not wholly. There’s much more to it than that.
Because there are answers. There are stirring answers that ring true in my heart, and mean so much more since I’ve taken time and worked to find them. Questions, hard questions, build my faith rather than breaking it. If we really believe that the Bible is true then why are we so afraid to let people investigate it? We’re losing people because we talk about irrelevance and ignore their questions– the things they would really listen to and hear.
I respect people who try to answer my questions. I respect people brave enough to dig. It takes a lot more effort to find answers to tough questions than to say “believe without seeing.” and I deeply appreciate those who expend such efforts on my behalf. I know you care about me if you care to answer my questions.
So, I urge you to ask tough questions, to not ignore or pass by the doubting, but to try to help them. It’s okay to say “I don’t know, but I’ll try to find out.” Follow up on other people’s inquiries of Scripture. Remember, real vulnerable people aren’t afraid to doubt openly. (I’m working on that.) Asking is one of the best ways to grow. Seeking, and knocking…these open new doors within the heart. It is exciting to help someone who’s asking. It’s refreshing to talk with someone real. I realized this week how much I value questions. Today this is my question: Do you?