Should I question what the pastor is saying? Should I question what the learned leader is telling me about scholarly points of academia? Should I question why we are at war and what exactly we are protecting or fighting for or against? Should I question my local pizza shop owner about the cleanliness of the prep area? Should I question the board of directors about the plan for a turbulent economic market and my job security? Should I ask the new Deacon about the rumors that precede him regarding his immoral character and poor financial judgment at the church meeting?
What is the answer to all of these questions? Definitely and defiantly – YES. Why? Because questions are our first line of defense against being led blindly to slaughter.
To question is not to be aggressive (not always, though sometimes it is necessary); but through careful planning to be prepared to gain important information that clarifies situations or issues. One should never stand for anything one doesn’t know clearly. You need to know a matter to defend or negate it.
For instance, how can you support a political candidate as a member of my church if they do not support social justice? Well, you could not, because my church creed specifically states that we abhor social injustice in any form and will support the fight for that justice. Therefore, if you want to know what an incoming pastoral candidates stance is on social injustice, you had better ask.
Questions: We spend so little time using them for the purpose for which they are intended. They stir up debate, which in it’s true form is a method of exchanging views, and the art of persuasion – not political semantics and verbal body slamming.
What are some questions you may need to ask today?