Recently I was asked to be the person who got to answer questions from the 6th and 7th grade confirmation classes. It’s affectionately called “stump the pastor” (in this case “stump the intern”). And the students did a great job of asking questions and trying to stump me.
One theme of questions kept popping up. It was the theme of science and theology (specifically the Bible) and how they interact. The questions ranged from “Does the Bible say the Earth is flat?” to “What about dinosaurs?”
Some of these questions were the same questions I had while growing up. I had questions, but I didn’t have a place where I could ask them. My confirmation class and youth group didn’t provide the space to ask these types of questions.
I think this might be a common experience for some people; that growing up there wasn’t the space to ask questions about our faith and the Bible. These students are getting the chance to ask these questions. While some people don’t need to ask questions, other find it extremely important.
If we have questions, it is important to ask them. Job asked his questions. Jonah asked his. Moses asked his. Nicodemus was afraid of being seen asking his questions, so he came to Jesus in the middle of the night to ask his, but he was able to ask them.
Some people are afraid to ask the questions because well, they are afraid of the answers. They are afraid that if they ask the wrong question, they might get the wrong answer.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. We don’t have to be afraid to ask questions when things don’t make sense to us. We don’t have to be afraid of what we discover in the process. Sometimes what we need isn’t the answer to our most pressing questions. Sometimes what we need is the journey to find the answers to our questions.
God will honor the questions. God is not afraid of our questions.
Travis Segar – Pastoral Intern