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Doubting God.

I was in the middle of writing a post about tomatoes, gardening and pruning {I bet you have an idea of where I was going with this} but then I ran across this article “Young Americans Losing Faith?  New Poll Shows 31 Percent Of Adults Under 30 Doubt God Exists”  This doesn’t surprise me.  Does it surprise you?

To put this another way, 1 in 3 Americans under 30 have doubt about the existence of God.  I would bet the Canadian number is higher if only because we might be slightly less afraid to admit it and we’re a more secular culture in general.

To me this means as a church we are dealing in an increasingly secular world.  A world that isn’t afraid to express doubt and acknowledge the possibility that God may not exist.  It means we are living in a world that is different from one we have in our church memory banks.

We have to change.

We have ignored this doubt.  We push doubt away and pretend it doesn’t exist.  It does.  It has to.  If we’ve never wrestled with our faith or really struggled with God, how can we mature and grow as Christians.  We need to allow doubt to be part of the conversation.

Things are not as they were 50 years ago.  People today see churches as places that are great for weddings and hold a great deal of nostalgia but are not relevant as a faith option.  Instead of coming to church people are turning to the internet, friends and celebrities for ideas on faith and God.  We’ve lost our influence.  We are no longer part of their conversation.

This loss of influence has frightened us.  Fear is not the answer, faith is.  In the Bible God constantly says ‘Be not afraid’ and yet we find ourselves living daily in fear.  We hide from the outside world and wonder what comes next.   The problem with this way of living is that we will never know what happens next if we do not do something to make the next thing happen.   We cannot show others light if we are hiding it from them.

Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth, the light of the world.

This is a heavy calling.  We are to live in the world and shine our light.  We are to add flavor and substance to our communities.  We aren’t doing this.  Our lights grow dim and our salt is losing it’s flavor.  In focusing on ‘not’ dying we’re not living.  In our struggle to stay alive we’ve forgotten our purpose and mission.

Imagine a church that lived according to the Gospel.  That was the light of the earth and recognized the need to live in community and care for others.  Imagine a church that could say the following:

We are Christ followers.  We gather together to worship and praise the Lord. We live in the world God created and care about it.  In our community we love, we laugh, we live. We long to serve and will find ways to help those in need. We know that our building is a resource but is not our God. We pray hard and fierce. We read the Bible and learn from it’s message. We are living a mission given by God to us in this time and place. We are Christ followers. 

I would go to this church.
Others would too…

 

Jeremy Lin {the new Tim Tebow in our home}

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My husband has a love/hate relationship with Jeremy Lin.  He’s the new Tim Tebow in our home.

He loves him because he thinks it’s great that he’s in the NBA.  They both have similar backgrounds and experiences.  Because of Lin my husband believes that he could have played in the NBA if he’d just put his mind to it.

He hates Lin because he has no faith in any player.  As soon as they make any kind of mistake they are written off by my husband.  My husband is a doubting Thomas.

How many of us are doubting Thomas’?  I would hazard a guess many of us are at one time or another.  We’ve all likely hesitated and rejected new ideas or opportunities because we just didn’t believe they could work.  We doubt our employers, friends or Church when they suggested a new way of doing things. We avoid anything that we don’t believe possible.  We hear of new cures and possible health benefits to a way of life and turn away because we think that nothing will ever work.

We all doubt.  We all question.  We all think things are impossible.

Thomas thought things were impossible too.  His doubt was real.  He refused to see  until he could physically touch Jesus.  When Jesus arrived in his presence he experienced it and said “My Lord and My God!” {John 20:28}.

Jesus has told us that those who believe and have not seen are blessed.   Yet we continue to have little faith.  We have little faith in God.  We have little faith in our abilities.  We have little faith in those around us.

Doubt is raging in our world today. We believe that things can never change. We doubt that God could make a difference.  We think we don’t have the skills or talents to make things happen.  We allow this doubt to penetrate our whole being and it prevents us from accomplishing what God wants us to do.

Imagine what a difference you could make in your life if you let doubt go.  What if you were like Jeremy Lin and believed in yourself?  What if you refused to give up, regardless of not being drafted or hired or encouraged?  What if you accepted you have a role and a purpose that is ordained by God and that the things you do matter?

If we simply believed our lives would change forever.  We would experience great things.  We could even accomplish our wildest dreams.  Imagine what would happen if you released yourself from doubt and let God inspire you with a vision. You will never know what you can achieve until you let the doubt go and start believing in the possibilities.