I don’t know when it happened, but lately people come to me with really hard questions. It’s been a lot of people. And really difficult questions. I mean the type of questions that there truly might not be answers.
Have you had these conversations?
They start like this.
“Hey Trevor, I have a question. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. What do you think about hell?”, or, “Hey Trevor, what are your thoughts on sin?”, or “Yo, Trevor, is God a man?”
Anyone? Anyone else have these types of conversations?
My response is normally, “how much time do you have?”! But truly I wonder why more people are thinking about these topics. I am not going to answer those questions here. You can buy me coffee and I will tell you the answer, but for now, my real concern is why more and more people are thinking about this?
The ideas of sin?
What gender is God?
How do you know the bible is true?
How do you know Jesus was real?
And I have come to one conclusion. We are all human, we all have questions, and right now it seems as if nothing in life is certain. This world feels divided right now, and it is in every aspect of life. It isn’t just political anymore. It is faith, school, identity, gender, drinking, love, guns, environment, and even now who the bachelor should have chosen or not… it’s as if division drives us, and we can’t see how bad it truly is. Even being against division is a side to take…
So where do we go?
What can we hold on to?
What is ok, and what is not?
Well, Romans 10:23 comes in pretty handy these days.
“Everything is permissible,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible,” but not everything builds up.”
What are we doing to build up? What are we doing to include? What are we doing to grow and be more full? Does your life look like an axis going up and away, or is it flat lined and dead? Do more things belong, or are more things now out? Are you building each other up or kicking each other down? Is your friend group growing to be more diverse in thought and actions, or is your world closed off and not open to different thoughts and ideas?
Seems divisive even writing those questions, but are the questions you ask, or have, growing you to be a better more inclusive and life giving person, or are your questions because you want to be right and others wrong? This is what I aim for when we meet. Are we as a group of humans becoming better humans? Are we as Christ followers becoming more like him, or are we pushing people away?
Do you have these questions so you can make this world better, or are you simply gaining more certainty? One helps, the other hurts. And that is what Paul was getting at in Romans. Are you helping people grow, or are you leading people towards death?