One of the major complaints among some of church members is that they cannot be themselves, cannot speak their minds and cannot ask genuine questions without being ostracized, looked down upon or shunned. That more conservative members will not put up with nor tolerate anything that isn’t 100% correlated, faith-promoting or doctrinal.
And it is true that in many Sunday School classes, for example, any in depth discussion or alternate viewpoint is often shut down due to “lack of time.” Which can be a veiled excuse for “let’s not get into it.”
I have the solution.
Just stop it.
It’s time to get real. The only way to change the situation is to let the questions and comments fly. And let the consequence follow. What’s the worst that can happen?
If people choose to look down on folks that have honest concerns and questions, it is their problem. The more people express themselves, the more the judgmental, self-righteous will just have to get used to it.
Now, I am not saying to be combative or unconcerned about the feelings of others. We should still be polite and appropriate for the setting we are in.
Let’s face it, there is a time and place for everything, but, we have to put an end to the pat answers, trite testimony-bearing and the superfluous responses. After all,
“…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: “(1 Peter 3:15)
Are you in? Do it this Sunday and tell us how it goes.