Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Q is for Questions

I heard a quote once that stated, “A fool has more questions than a wise man has time to answer.”

Basically, the foolish man will keep asking questions regardless of what answers they have been given.

I had a conversation with someone who would always ask me questions about my faith. When I gave him my thoughtful response he would always seem to have a pat comeback. One day he asked me a question and I just simply said, “I don’t know. What do you think?” He then gave me the response that he had planned before I could answer. He was surprised that I responded by saying, “Okay, can I get back to my conversation now?” Since I was talking to someone else when he asked the question.

He said, “I didn’t mean to make you mad.”

I told him he didn’t make me mad, but I knew he didn’t want to hear what I had to say. He just wanted to give me his response. I told him later when he came by my area, if he was right, then our conversations mean nothing and are a waste of time. But If I was right, and I believe that I was and still am, then he is in trouble and that bothered me.

As a Christian we should always be ready to give an answer for this hope that we have. But, we need to be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves. We need to be discerning because there will come a moment when it is time to brush the dust from our feet and move on. Sometimes it’s best just to walk away from a dog that keeps trying to bite you than to keep trying to pet it.

I don’t believe in “trophy” friendships. “What is a ‘trophy’ friendship?” You may ask. It’s a friendship built on nothing but winning them to your point of view. If they don’t come to your point of view you toss them away and move on to the next ‘trophy.’

I believe in building relationships, but relationships need to be based on love. Romans 12:9 “Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.”

The guy I mentioned at the beginning of this? We are still friends. He may not agree with me, but he knows I love him and would do what I can to help him.

Be blessed. Be a blessing

Cheesecake is good. Pink Floyd Rocks. Jesus is Lord. Love Him above all else.



a sojourner said...

well, i ask a lot of questions it seems but it's because i'm seeking real answers. i asked one the other day but i'm a bit concerned because i'm afraid the answer isn't going to set well. a scriptural question, of course. it's just eating away at me.

DJ GlenMC said...

Can't say I'll have a good enough answer. Feel free to ask in private.
I don't claim to be an expert.

Asking questions is not the problem. I believe disciples are teachable. That means questions, if you are really seeking the truth.

Discerning when someone is really asking or if they just want to make fun of you is the hard part.

For the record, I find a lot of church 'tradition' isn't based on truth.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Enjoyed ypur post for Q, most interesting. I like to ask questions but sometimes the answers are not what I want to hear.

Thanks for your comment. much appreciated,