One only has to observe the world we live in to see that sin has become synonymous with words like “courage”, “self-love”, “independence” and “doing you”. We hear phrases like “YOLO”* and “live a little”. So many ideas are presented as justification for calling evil good and good evil.
When one takes a particular stand and most people around seem to stand against it, it becomes even more difficult and more important to know which position is right. It is not enough to be satisfied with knowing what the correct stance is. We need to understand the source of that stance, the reason behind it, the consequences of deviating from it. We do this for ourselves and for those who question the way we live.
The questions will come, they always do. Each time one does not conform to the norm, someone will be wanting to know “why”. “Why do you take church so seriously?” “Why won’t you join us for a drink and smoke?” “Why do you always step away just when the gossip gets juicy, don’t you want to know whatsup?” “Why do you dress the way you do?” “Dude, she just insulted you, why don’t you tell her off?” They’ll want to know.
For a very long time, my response to most “why” questions was “it’s personal” or “that’s just what I feel comfortable with, you do you and I do me, DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM??” I was always so defensive. I’m coming to realise more each day that I acted that way because I hadn’t taken time to internalise my faith. I didn’t fully understand why certain things were right and others were wrong. I knew what God’s expectations were but I could not explain them because I had not taken the time to know God and study His Word. I didn’t bother to read my Bible with the mind of seeing things through God’s eyes. All I saw was “thou shall” and “thou shall not”. And so I was never ready to give a reasoned, seasoned answer when asked about my lifestyle, faith and values.
I know for a fact that I still have a lot of work to do in this department. But as I study the Word more and build relationships with other believers, I am increasingly able to answer people who ask me about my misfit status. 🙂 I now understand that the Bible is the backing for all I am called to and why I was called. It contains the answer to every “but why …?” It’s no wonder that we are told to mediate on the Word “day and night”.
I’d love to hear your experience on this; what is the most difficult “but why …?” question you have been faced with? How do you make sure that you are always ready to give an answer to everyone who wants to know the reason for your hope as a believer? Do leave a comment below!
*YOLO – You Only Live Once