BECAUSE I SAID SO
One of the first things I noticed when I started hanging around with Meghan’s family is how much they quoted movies and TV shows. Believe it or not, it’s one of the things that let me know I could marry her one day. Among our friends I’m “that guy” that quotes TV shows all the time. We have another “that guy” that quotes movies. It’s always fun for us to just go back and forth and try to figure out what the other one is quoting. I don’t know why, but I have al-ways had an incredible memory when it comes to remembering TV shows. I’ve been re-watching a show I haven’t watched in around six years and I still say the punch line before the actors get it out. If only that ability had translated into school.
Meg and I have a show that we watch basically on a loop. We reach the end of the series and start back at the first episode. It’s disturbing how much we reference it in day to day life. I say all that to tell you one of my favorite quotes from that show. “I know I’m gullible, ‘cause people tell me that and I have no reason not to believe them.” I love pulling this one out when I trick Meg with something, which happens more than I care to admit. Not sure if that says more about me or her.
I’ve never been a gullible person. Mostly because of the family I was raised in. If you know my dark sarcastic sense of humor you could guess what being gullible in my family would get you. It’s one of those things you look back on in your life and realize, it might not have been fun at the time, but I’m really glad I had the upbringing I did. It made me skeptical; of everything! I almost never believe someone just because they say it. Sometimes I’ll say I be-lieve someone just to end the conversation, then I’ll look into their claims later. It’s to the point that, in a few years, I wouldn’t be surprised if you see me in my basement mumbling about how the government is watching us, while I’m wearing a tinfoil hat.
There is, however, such a thing as a healthy skepticism. This is a bold statement, but with-out it I don’t know that someone can be a Christian. Some people are so willing to believe their preachers just because of the position they are in. That is so scary! It’s scary both for the state of the world and because I preach! I’ve been preaching over a decade and it still scares me that I’ll say something inaccurate from the pulpit. Sure, it’s intimidating that one of the hundreds of people smarter than me will hear and know how dumb I am. But, more importantly, what if someone hears and believes me?
I’m so thankful to a man named Russ Crosswhite. He was the preacher at Fulton from the time I was born up to a year or two ago when he moved to Kentucky. I can’t tell you how many times that man told me not to take his word for it, but to look it up myself. He said it in class, from the pulpit, and directly to me. He never wanted me to be one of those people who heard something about the Bible and just believed it; even if it came from him, and he’s one of the smartest men I’ve met Biblically.
For some strange reason, in a world where people question every authority from the president to their parents, so few people stop to question the things they hear about the highest authority. Think about this, how many times have you heard, “talk to God like you’re talking to a friend”? Where is that in the Bible? Answer, it’s not! The idea I think people are trying to get across is you should find comfort in prayer, and that’s true, but it’s a dangerous statement. You better really respect that friend!
Point being, question everything when it comes to your faith. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timo-thy 2:15, “Study to show yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.” Notice that verse doesn’t say for your dad to be able to rightly divide the Word of Truth. It doesn’t say so your grandmother can rightly divide the Word of Truth. It says so you can divide the Word of Truth! Asking questions is a good thing! People have a misconception that questioning their faith shows a lack of faith, when in reality it shows a willingness to grow their faith! Lastly, you can be certain that if you don’t question your own faith, someone else will, and when that day comes, you won’t be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).