I am weary of Christians who think they have all the answers. While we should want to speak a word in season for a need to help anyone, we also need to own up to the reality that we just don't know it all.
This is particularly tiresome during this political time here in the United States when, especially to those who venture from the beaten path, there are a pack of Christians who are ready to set you straight, whether or not you asked for it. True also in regard to theology. There are those Christians who think they're doing God a service by trying to get you on their theological track. It's good and fine to talk about theology and where one stands on it. Here's one good blogger who does a fine job of this. But it's another thing when one is hammered left and right and not let go, because no matter what you say, it's off somehow. Why? Really because you don't accept their particular theological paradigm. No two Christians who think and read are going to agree on everything, or maybe better put see eye to eye, having the same perspective or take on everything in this life. So why try to do the impossible?
Job's friends may have not had all the revelation we have today, and they certainly did not. But in this story we learn something true for us today. We need to stop having pat, cut and dried answers for everyone's problems. Instead we need to be living and speaking- in that order by the way- in a manner which we'll help all find their way in Jesus. Only God can meet each person in their need. We need to quit thinking we can solve people's problems for them. Instead we need to help them come to the one who can help them- Jesus. God knows and God understands; we do not.
Of course this doesn't mean we don't work at loving God with all our minds so that we do work on understanding more of God, his word and his ways in Jesus. We need to keep working on this. But to do so means an increasing dependence on God and less confidence in ourselves. That is to be a major part of what we believe as foundational truth, so that we can live in the truth that is only found in Jesus.
What might you like to add to this?