Where I’m from, we weren’t allowed to ask questions about certain things. We were expected to ask the pastor who we should marry or at least if we could marry this person or that one. But we couldn’t ask basic questions about things that happened at church. So I’ve decided to list a few here. I reverence God and the things of God. These are a few questions I’ve had through the years. No offense meant to anyone… Just a few rather unorthodox thoughts.
- If praise and worship are action verbs, why do we so often pray and say, “Jesus, I praise you. Oh, God, I worship you.” Why not just do it?
- Why do we call dancing and leaping “shouting”? A shout requires a vocal response, preferably intelligible…
- What is the screaming and squealing for in church? I scream when I’m afraid, not when I’m happy.
- Does the quality of the sound system and the decibels it is cranked to really have anything to do with God’s anointing?
- Why do we work so hard to “create an atmosphere where people can get the Holy Ghost” if God loves us and the Holy Ghost is His free gift?
- Why, after working so hard to “create an atmosphere”, do all the kids at camp seem to pray through when we blow the circuits and the lights go out?
- Why are we told to seek the free gift of the Holy Ghost? Most gifts I’ve ever been given were placed in front of me or into my hands by the giver. Rarely have I had to go hunt one down!
- Why do camps and conferences seem so much more electrified and charged than weekly services in our home churches? God is the same everywhere, after all.
- Why do some people think it is wrong to drink or smoke because we shouldn’t destroy the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet claim that God tells them to do things in worship that could damage the church property or could cause an accident that could hurt other people or themselves?
Witnessing: telling others about Jesus.
Testifying: telling others what Jesus has done for you.
Door-knocking: knocking on door after door and giving people an invitation to church.
Then why do we say we are going “witnessing” when we are just handing people that open their doors a card?
Why does it take ten minutes to take prayer requests, and only a minute to pray for them all?
How many people who say they’ll be praying for a situation only mention it to God in passing once?
If we really have faith, should we pray for something for days or weeks, or should we just pray once and trust God for the answer? Why, when I have a need, is the first more comforting than the second? Do I think God will forget they prayed, or do I just enjoy the fact that people are thinking of me?
If God is our friend and Father, why do we talk to him so differently than we would a… well… friend or father?
If someone regularly came to me and said they could talk to me for the next 30 minutes, and then watched the clock the entire time… if they talked for the whole 30 minutes but never really said anything, if they yelled at me and made strange faces… I’d begin to think they were pretty rude fairly quickly.
What is wrong with doubt? John the Baptist doubted as he sat in prison. Peter doubted when he stepped out of the boat. Thomas doubted that Jesus had risen. What is wrong with admitting our doubts?
And last but not least, why are these questions unaskable? What is so intimidating about them? The fact that there are questions, or the answers to them?