This sounds like something two ministers would say. It sounds like the start of a boring sermon. And we admit it: we are ministers. But this is not a sermon. We’re also human, and we’ve had this experience ourselves. So we wrote a book about it, as people, not just as pastors.
We wrote about faith, not because we have all the answers, but because the path to faith involves more questions than immediate or clear answers. You have to ask the questions to begin to find the answers. Simply asking questions becomes the way forward when you’re stuck.
On most days you don’t feel stuck, so the question about what and who you believe in seems like something that can wait. “I don’t have time for this,” you think. Fair enough, for the time being. Most days we swim through lots of details. That’s all we can see.
Then life veers off course. Something that matters takes a turn. Someone that matters disappoints us or disappears from our lives. The script we were following no longer works. The life we presumed is shaken. Trying to regroup, we must ask: who am I? Where am I going? What do I believe?
Life’s most important journey begins with these questions. They are the questions of faith. These questions force you to decide who you are; the questions force you to think about values, trust, flexibility, resilience, and hope. We talk about such qualities in our new book on faith, and we will give some snapshots of them on this blog.
We will also tell you what faith is not: it is not a rigid system of belief or moral laws. It is not rigid answers. Faith begins with honest, inevitable questions. From there a new and better life can unfold.
We want to encourage conversation about faith, as you seek it, as you find it. We don’t have all the answers. We are in our own journeys through life, just like you. Tell us what you think. Push back. That is what we seek.
The book we wrote is called Fragmented Lives: Finding Faith in an Age of Uncertainty (Morehouse). It will be out in August and is up on Amazon (https://goo.gl/xNhPfp).
We look forward to your thoughts. Thanks.