I don't have all the answers...
I don’t have all the answers!
It seems like such a true and simple statement. It should be easy to say. I mean I know I don’t know everything, but honestly deep down I like people to think that I do.
So why am I starting this blog with that statement? Well I’ve been a pastor for nearly 20 years and for a good portion of that time I’ve felt like I needed to be the person who has all the answers. The person people go to if they’ve got big questions about God, life, people and the world around them. I’m not saying this is necessarily always a bad thing - I’m sure I’ve had many helpful conversations with people.
The problem for me is that when I go too far down this path I can box Christianity/faith/life into a series of questions that need answers, and as stated earlier- I don’t have all the answers! This can mean that I end up giving some pretty unsatisfactory answers to some very good questions. That can be pretty destructive to someone’s faith when my crappy answers don’t measure up to their lived experience.
I think I’m getting to a point in my life where I understand that not all questions need answers. Sometimes the answer is to be present, to listen, to talk, to let someone be angry, to laugh or cry. At the risk of being cliched, Christianity/faith/life is a journey to travel, not a question to be answered.
As we take the next step into starting our new church, I want to make the point of saying that we hope this church will become a community where people are on that journey together. If we answer some questions along the way that’s awesome. But I’m going to work hard to make sure everyone knows I don’t have all the answers and sometimes I’m working it out as I go along too (as if you didn’t know that already).