Saturday, November 2, 2013
On the Fence
Lately I've been pondering my place as a fence straddler. I don't know what I believe about a lot of things. To name a few: I see the biblical basis for both believer and infant baptism, predestination vs. free will, remarriage being acceptable vs. never being acceptable. I have absolutely no certainty over where I stand politically on gay marriage and abortion, although I tend to lean more liberally in the political arena while keeping my bible minded beliefs out of that area.
I feel like there is so much I just don't know and in the past that concerned me. When the online debates get heated over things like Halloween, modesty, should every believer speak in tongues etc… there is an ever present Catholic voice on the board that points out that we Protestants can never figure out what we believe about anything, are constantly divided, and that leads to bickering and dissension. She's certainly correct. She points out that the Catholic Church's solution to this is to have a stance on everything, therefore eliminating the need to wonder about anything. The leader being infallible and ordained by God cannot make a mistake, therefore Catholic doctrine comes directly from God and solves the problem of what is right, wrong, and what to do about it if you're wrong about something.
It makes nice, neat sense, except for one thing I've been feeling lately: I just don't feel like God wants us to know and have all the answers. I don't doubt the answers exist. But perhaps being uncertain leads us to just trust Him and have faith that one day it WILL all make sense. If we have all the answers down pat we as human beings have this nasty tendency of becoming self righteous and legalistic, trusting in rules and not God Himself.
With all that said, I could be entirely wrong. : ) I'm okay with that. I'm actually very okay with saying I don't know how I feel about a lot of stuff. I think I have the important stuff down. Love God, follow Jesus, love people. Leave everything else in His hands and listen to His voice. Someday I will see Him face to face and maybe then everything will be perfectly clear.