Don’t Quit Asking Why

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Don't Quit Asking Why

This week­end, two of my favorite vet­eran Chris­t­ian bands (The Choir and Sweet Com­fort Band) are play­ing some of their rare con­cert dates in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Great, awe­some, and won­der­ful … for those able to attend. Due to fam­ily work com­mit­ments, namely an annual inven­tory, this will be the one week­end of the year I and she who is my wife are absolutely unable to traipse down the free­way and visit SoCal. No con­certs for me. Very dis­ap­point­ing. Pales in com­par­i­son to so many other full-​fledged ham­mer blows in life; regard­less, very dis­ap­point­ing. Obvi­ously no per­son­ally aimed con­spir­acy against me. But still, I’ve asked, of no one in par­tic­u­lar, why.

We who believe are taught two things start­ing at our spir­i­tual infancy: never judge any­one, and never ask why. We should never judge because we too are guilty of some­thing, and we should never ask why as the answer is always “because God” and who is the cre­ation to ques­tion any­thing under the Creator’s roof? Toss in a few Scrip­tural Cliff Notes, and hey presto! You are good to go, and if not it is all on you. Where is your faith?

The prob­lem with this mind­set, aside from the minor detail how it ignores a whole lot of Bib­li­cal obser­va­tions about what to expect in life, is that it auto­mat­i­cally dis­par­ages the human con­di­tion in a man­ner taught nowhere by Jesus or any­one else within the pages of Sola Scrip­tura. We are sup­posed to speak up when some­one is mess­ing up so they will get back on track. We are allowed to ask why, and the answer is not always “because God.” Some­times, there is no appar­ent answer save silence.

The days will come, if they have not already arrived, when you real­ize you hold noth­ing but a frag­ile life­line woven from a tat­tered thread of faith grow­ing increas­ingly frayed. You have a laun­dry list of whys, and answers seem to be nowhere. You won­der if it’s pos­si­ble to get ahead in life with­out being a self-​fellating tal­ent­less walk­ing sack of ran­cid, arro­gant steer manure. You won­der not when, but if you will leave the unem­ploy­ment line. You see beau­ti­ful inside and out mem­bers of the oppo­site sex either throw them­selves into rela­tion­ships doomed from the start or throw them­selves firmly into the arms of one of the afore­men­tioned self-​fellating tal­ent­less walk­ing sacks of ran­cid, arro­gant steer manure while your Sat­ur­day night dates come in a box from Sunkist. You observe how the pop­u­lar girl or boy shame­lessly mon­e­tizes their loss while you are told to shut up about your grief. You ask why, and based on the non-​existent answers you won­der if God so much as takes a mes­sage and will get back to you.

There are times I for sure wonder.

Yet, some­how, I hang on.

Some don’t. Some walk away from the faith. Some walk away from their lives. Some walk away from life itself.

Please, do not do these things.

Seek out the open, the scarred, the ones still bleed­ing who are not ashamed to admit. Seek out, embrace one another, and help carry one another through the liv­ing no man’s land life can often trans­form itself into in a moment.

Admit the hurt; con­fess the pain; reveal the scars. Help one another. Let them help you. Ask ques­tions. Just don’t quit.

Please, don’t quit.

And never quit ask­ing why.

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This weekend, two of my favorite veteran Christian bands (The Choir and Sweet Comfort Band) are playing some of their rare concert dates in Southern California. Great, awesome, and wonderful … for those able to attend. Due to family work commitments, namely an annual inventory, this will be the one weekend of the year I and she who is my wife are absolutely unable to traipse down the freeway and visit SoCal. No concerts for me. Very disappointing. Pales in comparison to so many other full-fledged hammer blows in life; regardless, very disappointing. Obviously no personally aimed conspiracy against me. But still, I’ve asked, of no one in particular, why.

We who believe are taught two things starting at our spiritual infancy: never judge anyone, and never ask why. We should never judge because we too are guilty of something, and we should never ask why as the answer is always “because God” and who is the creation to question anything under the Creator’s roof? Toss in a few Scriptural Cliff Notes, and hey presto! You are good to go, and if not it is all on you. Where is your faith?

The problem with this mindset, aside from the minor detail how it ignores a whole lot of Biblical observations about what to expect in life, is that it automatically disparages the human condition in a manner taught nowhere by Jesus or anyone else within the pages of Sola Scriptura. We are supposed to speak up when someone is messing up so they will get back on track. We are allowed to ask why, and the answer is not always “because God.” Sometimes, there is no apparent answer save silence.

The days will come, if they have not already arrived, when you realize you hold nothing but a fragile lifeline woven from a tattered thread of faith growing increasingly frayed. You have a laundry list of whys, and answers seem to be nowhere. You wonder if it’s possible to get ahead in life without being a self-fellating talentless walking sack of rancid, arrogant steer manure. You wonder not when, but if you will leave the unemployment line. You see beautiful inside and out members of the opposite sex either throw themselves into relationships doomed from the start or throw themselves firmly into the arms of one of the aforementioned self-fellating talentless walking sacks of rancid, arrogant steer manure while your Saturday night dates come in a box from Sunkist. You observe how the popular girl or boy shamelessly monetizes their loss while you are told to shut up about your grief. You ask why, and based on the non-existent answers you wonder if God so much as takes a message and will get back to you.

There are times I for sure wonder.

Yet, somehow, I hang on.

Some don’t. Some walk away from the faith. Some walk away from their lives. Some walk away from life itself.

Please, do not do these things.

Seek out the open, the scarred, the ones still bleeding who are not ashamed to admit. Seek out, embrace one another, and help carry one another through the living no man’s land life can often transform itself into in a moment.

Admit the hurt; confess the pain; reveal the scars. Help one another. Let them help you. Ask questions. Just don’t quit.

Please, don’t quit.

And never quit asking why.