There was a lot of whispering around the water cooler. My supervisor was a candidate for Vice President of the department. Many asked, “Was she qualified?” Others thought, “There has never been a woman in this position before,” and “Is she even suitable for the task?” Although there were at least four other candidates, she was chosen to carry the torch of Vice President. Never had I been so proud of my boss of three years. My coworkers and I had a big celebration dinner filled with joy and plenty of gifts to honor her new-found success. Finally, her hard work had paid off and she was headed for bigger and better things.
After the initial excitement died down, I was hit with the news that there would now be a few more additional changes. Although the promotion was a wonderful achievement, I never considered that I would no longer report to my fearless leader. As she moved up the corporate ladder, there was now a new vacancy in the department and things were about to shift. Her current position needed to be filled and I needed a new supervisor.
There was again a lot of whispering around the water cooler. “Who would be the candidate for the new position?” “Would that person be as qualified as my last supervisor?” and “Is this person going to be suitable for the task?” Many candidates began to come into the office. With each interview, anxiety began to build and an unseen dark cloud began to fill the atmosphere. My work environment was encompassed with a state of worry and fear of the unknown. Finally, a new candidate was hired and things began to change.
Through this experience, I realized three things: God is sovereign, change is inevitable and worry and fear is the absence of faith and trust. I often wonder why God sometimes never fully discloses the stipulations of his blessings. For example, even when there is a promotion, we often lose things in the process in order to grow. As God takes us to higher heights and deeper depths, we may lose some friends along the way and may have to endure a lot of negative “whispers” and our faith may be challenged. We may feel uncomfortable at times, but we cannot let fear overtake our hearts, because even though our situation may transform, there is a time and season for every change and this too shall pass.
We must fully trust God that our outcome will be in our favor and even when we go through the process of not knowing the future, there should be a reassurance that God is in control. God encourages us in the book of Deuteronomy 31:6 to “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid of them, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” He also reminds us in 1 Peter 5:7, to “Cast all our anxiety on Him, because He cares for us.” God is with us, through the journey of moving into the blessings He has prepared for us. He is with us when people speak words filled with questions of doubt and uncertainty and He is with us through the midst of change. Leave the unknown results to God, and never fear the outcome of moving forward.
In a way I am continuing my previous dive into the subject of the contemporary Christian’s lack of intellectual credibility. Currently, there appears to be an imbalance between the mind and the heart within our faith, and while I’m sure there are some who can be proud of their ability to perform this extreme balancing act, the majority of Christians weigh down the side they are currently comfortable with, not leading to their own destruction but to the destruction of the credibility of our institution as a whole.
Before I go further let me start with an example. I have a friend who I often have deep philosophical discussions with, and whether it’s an exploration of a subject or a debate, we always do our best to rationalize and articulate our points to the best of our ability. As I am a Christian and my friend is an Agnostic, it is always refreshing to share thoughts and ideas without the tension of different belief systems. He recently told me of a situation where his co-worker asked about his religious beliefs and he proceeded to tell her of his Agnosticism. As she ministered to him he began to pick out all of her fallacies, biases, and lack of knowledge of her own religion and others. He managed to just tune her out, give her the answers he knew she wanted, all for the sake of getting her to stop talking to him because already in his head he decided that it was pointless to engage in conversation with someone who lacks the ability to rationalize and articulate. What saddens me the most by this event is that he eventually admitted to me that each time he meets a Christian like that it drives him further away from wanting to believe it. Although this seems to be an extreme case, the majority of these situations are not too far off.
Coming back to the imbalance I spoke of, there seems to be an overwhelming reliance on the feelings and emotions of the faith without enough understanding of the philosophy of faith itself and the history. I believe these to be essential subjects for all believers to better themselves and the credibility of the faith. Just like signing a contract you must read all of the print, not out of fear, but for those who would ask you to explain what you have signed. You want to be able to tell them why you gave your life to Christ, not just your “testimony” but how it validifies all we know of the world and the way we should be living on Earth.
We have moved into an age of information; due to the Internet it is too easy to find other answers for life other than God. In the past, man did not scientifically understand the world, nor did they have free time to explore other options because of the need to work for food and survival. Slowly but surely, the quality of life improved and just as slowly man’s need to have a divine figure to depend on left. Yet, as the Bible says in Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse,” so we must continue to minister. And we, as Christians must be prepared to explain our faith intelligibly to those who need to understand us rather than feel, think.