I loved this chapter.
I go through life trying to be “uber-prepared” for any situation. Admittedly, I’m not always 100% ready and I wind up making choices; you’ve heard me give my analogy about juggling glass balls and rubber balls? The balls represent our choices, our commitments, our tasks. You can drop the rubber balls because they will bounce back. But you can’t drop the glass balls because they will shatter on the ground.
This week in Chapter 6 of our study the author talks about individuals who’ve stepped away from Christianity; he calls it “deconstruction”, meaning they’ve pulled apart the holistic view of Christianity and allowed for the critiquing of segments. Like me, you may (or might have) find yourself in situations having to defend your Christian beliefs. And maybe in doing so, you begin to have your own doubts.
“That’s okay to have these doubts” says our author. Whereas some might consider these doubts a negative, these situations are closely related to “faith”, something this chapter points out that we deal with every single day:
“When you get into a car, faith that you’ll get to your destination alive. When you eat an apple from your refrigerator, you have faith that it won’t hurt you. When you agree to surgery, you have faith that the surgeon hasn’t misrepresented their expertise and will do the work to the best of their ability. But in none of these cases, do you have certainty.”
It’s okay to have doubts.
David Parker leads us this week. Please join us in person in SouthPark or use the audio from the Zoom invite. See you on Friday!