My middle daughter loves to ask questions. When she was little, “why?” was her favorite phrase. Now that she’s a teenager “why?” is still her favorite phrase. Honestly, it drives me crazy. I can’t just say “because” either. She is inquisitive and wants a legitimate answer. I believe she deserves a legitimate answer too. So we spend quite a bit of time debating when she doesn’t agree with my answer. It makes for some lively conversations.
When is the last time you questioned something? A big thing now at many street corners is “no right turn on red.” Why this light and not the other one? Some I can clearly see the blind spot and understand why. Others, make no sense at all to me. I obey either way to avoid a ticket. Yet I still wonder why. With school starting many of us are writing checks for clubs and activities. Maybe we take time this year to ask the organization “how do you spend that money?” I don’t know where it all goes I just write the check.
Recently a dear friend of mine was moved to a new position at his work. He had been a worship pastor for years. He has some physical ailments that need to be healed before he can return to playing an instrument. However, I noticed no one asked any questions. Why can’t he still oversee the worship ministry like always but just not play the piano? Why can’t he plan the order of service? Why can’t he invest in the voices of the youth but not be their accompanist? Yet, no one is asking questions. One of the main reasons, it’s a church.
We are taught at a young age to never question the church or the Bible or even God. Guess what? God can handle it. Your church, they may be able to handle it. If not, it’s good for them to learn how to. You may help your church body grow by asking questions and striving for answers. The Bible can’t answer back but you can research your questions to find answers. So start questioning.
Why aren’t we more inquisitive? We were told we were “bad” Christians if we question. We are afraid of the repercussions if we say something against what “everyone” seems to support. We don’t want to make waves. We don’t want to be viewed as the trouble maker or “that mom.” We don’t feel comfortable speaking up. Ask yourselves, “why don’t I question?”
We are familiar with “Doubting Thomas” in the Bible. Jesus had died on the cross and resurrected to new life. When he appeared to the disciples after this, He encountered Thomas.
Jesus didn’t condemn Thomas for doubting or needing reassurance. He needed to physically touch Jesus. It increased Thomas’ faith. We are blessed because we believe without seeing. That doesn’t take away from the fact that Thomas also believed. He needed to see to believe. That’s OK. He still had a valid, solid relationship with Jesus.
Don’t fear your doubt. Don’t question your questions. Ask them. Start with something small and work your way up to the big stuff that has plagued you for years. Don’t hesitate. Be inquisitive. It will deepen your faith. It will stretch your confidence. It will increase your knowledge.
Dream Big! Pray Big!