Why? Sometimes, “why” can be the world’s most awkward question. Recently I walked into the room where my four-year-old son had spread cheese dip all over the kitchen table, his chair, himself and had managed to then sling it all over the floor, the cabinets, the walls, and my boots (who were mere innocent bystanders). My question was logical… “Why?” No answer. I should have known. He doesn’t really understand the question anyway. And besides, one might easily conclude, “why not sling cheese?”
As a Christian and a Pastor, I think the world is often asking the “why?” question concerning the things we believe and teach – theologically, philosophically, and sociologically. And as a Pastor, I sometimes wonder myself, why do we do this exactly? So I’m going to articulate answers to the “why?” questions that I’ve heard – one per Wednesday. For example:
- Why do we have denominations? And why, exactly, am I a Baptist?
- Why do we oppose gay marriage and homosexual behavior if we also proclaim to love gay people?
- Why don’t I drink alcohol? Why am I a tee-totaller?
- Why does everybody need a personal coach?
- Why must we insist that the Bible is divinely inspired and inerrant in our age of reason and enlightenment?
- Why do Christians fight over the role and work of the Holy Spirit?
- Why is baptism vital? Why does immersion matter? Why do we care about babies being sprinkled?
- Why are we so uncomfortable getting real about our sin and our suffering?
I’m answering my current question in this way. Why am I starting a blog column called #whywednesday?
- Because it’s not enough to know what to do or what we’re supposed to believe.
- Because if we don’t know why, we may need to question the what.
- Because I find myself answering the same questions repeatedly and I’d love to have a reference point to offer.
- Because now, more than ever, Christian leaders need to be able to speak with conviction, clarity, and compassion about the issues that matter.
Here’s my assignment for you – my plea for the help of my friends and readers. What’s your big “why” question? If you could ask me, or any Christian Pastor, “why whatever?” what would the “whatever?” be?
You can ask it in the comments here.
Or in a private email to me.
Or on my Facebook wall.
Or in a tweet to me.
Or on a piece of paper, folded up, placed in an envelope, and snail-mailed to my office (Grace Hills Church, 2800 SW 14th St Ste 8, Bentonville, AR 72712).
So go. Why what?
As for the photo above… why? I have no idead. photo credit: patrick wilken