Faith Matters: Questions

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Scott Hannon
Pastor Scott Hannon

We all have questions. This was never clearer to me than during a confirmation class last year. See, a typical confirmation class involves me asking a question which is usually followed by awkward silence. Then, if I’m lucky I might get a three to four word answer from a reluctant student. But there was one day when we had time left and I had nothing to teach. So I asked the class what questions they had for God or about God. They were quiet at first (likely waking up from the 40 minute daydream they had just had) but then they started shouting out…

“Is the Bible all about Jesus?” “Why is church on Sunday?” “Why do we have to go to church?” “Does God send people to hell?” “What if I don’t believe everything the Bible says?” “What if my friends aren’t Christian?” “Why does God let disasters happen?”

Questions – some simple, some profound – filled the air.

In scripture Jesus is talking to his disciples about what he is about to do (go, suffer, die and be raised) and his disciples don’t get it. They are confused. In fact, the Bible says, “They did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.” So they kept their questions inside and as soon as Jesus was out of earshot started arguing with each other. Later when they stop walking Jesus asked them what they were fighting about. And again, they’re silent.

I have a question…
What is it about us that makes us so afraid to ask questions?

I’ve pretended to know things I really don’t. I’ve kept questions inside. I’ve nodded my head in agreement when I’ve been totally confused. I was the kid in school who never believed the teacher when they said, “There are no dumb questions.” I’ve been afraid to ask. I’ve been too nervous to question.

But here’s the reality… God can handle our questions. Moreover, God wants to hear them. It is far better for disciples to question Jesus than fight with each other while we walk down the road.

So, what questions do you have for God? Have you asked them lately? Take some time today to offer them up in prayer. Share them with a Christian brother or sister. Call your pastor. Ask it silently in your head or shout at the sky.

In the Way,

Pastor Scott

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Pastor Scott Hannon
Pastor Scott serves the people of St. John by helping the congregation welcome everyone, care for one another, and grow in the joy of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Pastor Scott earned his bachelor’s degree at the University at Buffalo and went to seminary at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in preaching from Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Scott and his wife, Kate, live in Bowmansville, NY with their children Molly, Delaney, and John Scott. Scott and Kate love Western New York for many reasons, not the least of which are the changing seasons, wonderful people, and of course the Buffalo Bills. Pastor Scott’s ministry priorities are worship, preaching and teaching. Scott’s hobbies are guitar, golf, and reading. To read some of Scott’s musings visit his blog Way-ward at www.psdh.org.