In which is a “So What?”

by Craig on November 2, 2012

Why be a Christian, what's the "So What": of believing?

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“You believe. So what?”

Then the skeptic added, “What would you say to that guy in the pew, only holding a place, not believing, just going through the motions? Like 90 % of those in churches? Would you tell him about heaven and hell?”

I’ve been thinking about eternity, especially after writing so much recently about Sara…

and her life…
and the end of her life…
and the eternal continuation of her life.

The older we get, the more death we witness.

I remember exactly what I thought when I saw my mom in the casket.

“That’s not you.
You’re not there.
Where are you?”

But I told the skeptic I wouldn’t speak of heaven and hell. Heaven and hell need to considered, but I was thinking something more practical. What’s the “so what” of believing, here and now?

For me…

it’s having a loving Father…
an eternally “with me” Friend…
who’s also the Only God of any universe.

Why be a Christian, what's the "So What" of believing?

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Everybody needs a perfect friend.

We were talking about potential topics for me to speak about…
because even with the sleep thing, I can still write. I can still speak.

So I thought of this mythical man in a pew…
the one with a cynical mindset, just filling a spot…
and what I might say, spoken to everyone, but targeted at him.

I thought…

“What’s your secret burden that you don’t share with anyone?
What’s the little piece of broken, that you keep hidden from everyone?
What is the part of you that you hide because if anybody knew they would reject you?

What’s your most terrifying fear?
What’s your most prominent worry?
What’s your most substantial insecurity?
What’s your soft belly?”

If you read me, you know my answers to these questions already. I have found in two years of blogging, there are no secrets in blogging, at least mine.

I’d continue…

“What if you had someone you could say these things to who wouldn’t turn away…

Why be a Christian, what's the "So What" of believing?

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It’d be nice if you had someone would love unconditionally…

and maybe judge – sure – but judge perfectly, and fairly?”

And I think that’s how I’d begin.

There has to be a “so what” about theology.
There has to be a “so what” about believing.

I think I’d start here, with this “so what”…
and I’d take it somewhere deeper, more eternal.

There’s more to this.

Please come back.

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Greg November 2, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thanks for raising significant so what questions. I have long believed that faith matters, but always in more than simply the abstract.

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Greg, it’s been one of the more challenging times of my adult life. So I’m awfully late in responding to your comment. I haven’t even posted since this post – but I do want to thank you for your artwork – and thankful that it brought you here today – pictures kind of make posts don’t they? and what you said is true – if faith doesn’t matter – if it’s only abstract – it’s empty – and empty faith is no faith at all. God bless and keep you, Greg, and thank you – and forgive my late response.

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Martha Orlando November 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yes, we all need that perfect friend. I’ll certainly be back, Craig!
Blessings to you!

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 1:30 pm

without nice people like you – and yes – without our PERFECT friend – I’d have been lost and never found again long, long ago. Blessings to you, Martha! I’ll be dropping an e-mail by soon. Thank you!

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Debbie November 4, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love this, Craig, and how your mind works . .yes, still works . .for Him. You are a testimony. God bless you , that’s what! :)

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 1:33 pm

the mind works, Debbie, when someone strikes the right topic with me. Doubts – I only know the answers to them because I faced all of them. I’m not really much of a testimony – just your normal average everyday struggling Christian – dealing with stuff like everybody else – and this stupid broken brain. But if I don’t pick myself up soon and carry on – well, let’s just say – now or never. God bless you Debbie – thank you so much for all your support – onward and upward. :-)

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Michelle November 6, 2012 at 3:19 am

I love the way you’ve worded this. It’s about the person in front of you, and who Jesus is for you and for them. Not just theology. Though it is good to have theology, but that won’t reach the person who has been abandoned in relationships, who has suffered the loss of a loved one through death or separation, who is feeling they don’t measure up to their own standards let alone anyone else’s…… You get my drift. They need to know the Person of Jesus, who He is, and how he loves them unconditionally.

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Michelle, I know things have been a struggle for you – it’s been maybe the most monumental struggle of my adult life on this end. I haven’t even posted since you read this last post. And what you said. in your comment – as always it fills me. The skeptic really didn’t like this answer – he thought a more “theological” one would have been better. But if an answer doesn’t meet with reality – if it doesn’t meet us where we are – if the only reason we have to believe is living forever (and that IS a good reason,) for many it’s not enough – Christianity has to be more about heaven – it has to be a little bit of heaven – here – now – right? God bless and keep you Michelle – and believe me – you are missed when you are not in my comment section!

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A. November 13, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Everybody Does need a perfect friend, so true, and even some imperfect ones in this world can be lifesaving and lifegiving!

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Craig November 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm

thank you my imperfect and life-giving friend. God bless you, Anonymous :-)

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