“I don’t know.”

Sometime I want to hug the world.

Other times I want to smack it in the face (not sure why I said that, but anyone who knows me knows it’s true).

There are so many other things I don’t understand.  I’m not blaming anyone or anything.  I just have a lack of understanding.  Maybe this is why I want to hug the world at times.  I understand how it feels to not understand.

The three hardest words for a Christian to say are “I don’t know.”  Seriously, go up to someone who professes to be a Christian and ask them any “controversial” question about the Bible, or their belief-system.  The scrambling for answers that ensues is sometimes comical to watch.  I’m fairly confident this process is where half of our denominations come from today.  People needed to answer questions.  So they created answers.  Those answers became “facts”, and those “facts” have been the principles by which many people have developed (or under-developed) their lives.

I personally believe this is completely unfair.  If God is omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent (and I believe that He is, but that’s for another time)….then how can we mortal beings profess to have all the answers?  Logically, would it not make sense there are questions we may not have the answers to?  Instead, because we have created a culture of “certainty” among ourselves, when we are presented with situations in life that don’t “fit” into our circles of certainty, then we flail.

**Newsflash**: Those who don’t share your values can see right through the charade.

Now, in efforts of full disclosure, I can assure you I have been guilty of the above.  I have made up my own answers, or justifications, and let the pieces fall where they may.  I also have been guilty of latching on to whatever response is “not proven, but known to be commonly accepted as true” (whatever that means).  Those times have changed, however.  We now live in a time when knowledge is at our fingertips.  Smart devices, search-engine optimization, and a general craving for information have led us to have the definitive and rumor for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The boundaries of the world have become blurred in efforts to tap into the vast resources of every culture, and along with those disappearing lines have appeared the co-mingling of thoughts and ideas.

Make no mistake.  The search for God is greater than ever before.  As I rely on God’s grace to help my inadequacy, and aid my face-first dive for my knowledge and understanding, I challenge all of us to be ok with “I don’t know.”  You’ll be surprised at how refreshing it is to say.

Or to hear.

Those searching for answers should know they aren’t alone.

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