Tomorrow we hold our very first version of bible study, Questions of the Soul. It’s intended to be a time where we can come together to ask meaningful questions about life and faith. There are no right answers nor are there any dumb questions. We all come to the table with embedded theological assumptions, experiences that shape our identity and questions that we desperately need answered. However, too often the church has either hidden behind religious language to save face or taken the easy way out and shamed people for asking their most pressing questions. We’ve all experienced it. We ask why me and the church responds by saying well Jesus suffered. We ask why God isn’t answering our prayers and the church says pray harder or just have faith. While I’m a huge proponent of faith those answers don’t get me through the midnights of life or foster a deeper relationship with my Creator. I need answers or at least honest dialogue about where I am and what I’m experiencing.
I’ve learned to except and embrace that questions are just a part of life. They never go away. Even with a master’s degree and years of experience in the church I still have questions and doubts. Like I said, tomorrow is our first bible study and I’ve been asking questions. What happens if it doesn’t work? Will God meet us there? Where do we go from here? Fortunately, I haven’t directed these questions toward too many of my “Christian” friends or I might have gotten some very unhelpful answers. I don’t know what the future holds or how my questions concerning tomorrow or my life will be answered. But whatever happens I know we’re being faithful in this season.