Last night, I was delighted to partner with my friends Laura, Erin, and Gavin to host another Doubt Night. For those who have never done this event with us, what we do is gather in a local bar, and allow folks to write questions on a note card and then we take our time to try to answer them together. We’ve done this a few times before, but last night was by far my favorite! There were more than a few times that I wanted to hop down off my stool and just listen to my friends and colleagues in ministry tell about their experiences.
There is something about asking questions that tends to freak out people of faith. I think we feel like we’re doing it wrong if we don’t have all the answers when it comes to God. I actually think that’s backwards. If we have all the answers, if our faith has no room for questions, then do we really have anywhere to grow in God? Are we really so arrogant to think that we have God all figured out? Do you think God would get mad at us for attempting to learn more about our God and our faith? I don’t think so. I think God would actually celebrate our coming before the throne with questions, doubts, fears, and failures. I think God loves passing out his steadfast love, and can do that best when we feel out of our element.
As always, these questions are best addressed in a community of faithful folks. If you have questions, may I invite you to join us at Westminster, where we don’t fear questions at all, but rather see them as an opportunity to get to know our God a little bit better!