A few days ago, I saw a picture of a girl and the caption under the picture was basically talking about how she (the girl in the picture) no longer engages when she goes to church because she has so many questions and no one at her church is willing to answer her truthfully. Since I saw the picture, I have been thinking about this lady I do not know from anywhere (I really wish I did though) and just wondering how she must be feeling.
I wish I knew her so that I could listen to her
Firstly, a lot of the problems we tend to have when it comes to helping people understand religion, the church and getting to know God is that we do not listen to them. We seem to forget that when someone wants to know more about God or Christianity- there must be a personal reason why and we need to allow them to speak.
As Christians, we often go straight ahead in bombarding people with so much information on what the bible says or how God is like and other information that will probably end up confusing some people even more depending on where they are in life.
Being able to take time and listen to someone who does not know God or who is unsure whether to turn to Him or not is very crucial to the decision the person will end up taking.
The church has a huge part to play
When i saw the picture of the lady- the next thing i wished for was that churches would actually make the effort to help their members understand the importance of knowing God through his word and not just attending church to please our pastors or other church leaders.
Nowadays- what i see is people attending church to glorify their pastors and other church leaders instead of God and his word. I see this a lot in African churches and it is very sad.
In the Bible, the disciples of Jesus had a mission to go and tell the whole world about God and make Him known all over the nations and for people to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Matthew 28:19-20 says “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” I do not recall Jesus telling His disciples to become greater whilst His name becomes something man would use to manipulate the poor in mind.
The church that this lady goes to must be doing something wrong if she has gotten to the point where she is no longer interested in God or church. Of course, it is up to individuals to make the effort and open up their hearts to know God. However, how can this lady do this when according to her no one at the church she attends is willing to answer her?
From personal experience, i know the church can sometimes shy away from questions that they do not think are important or to them sounds controversial. On the other hand, we are in a generation where these “controversial” questions need to be answered if we want people (especially young people) to experience the church as God through Jesus Christ intended.
Finally, I wish as christians we would put our entire faith in God and not in anyone or nothing else. Like seriously, if we were all to put our whole faith in God and believe in the totality of His word- He would help us understand certain things and give us answers to questions we need answering through people that He would choose.
Lastly, to the lady who has zoned out at church and on God, I pray that you will have the energy to ask God to show himself to you during this time of uncertainty . Romans 8:32 says “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” This is how great God is- what makes you think he wont answer your questions?