By Andy Hale
I like being right. So do you. Who wants to be wrong, when we can try our best to be certain about what we know and where we are going?
It is a wonderful sign of a vibrant culture when people are driven to know, to be strong and independent.
This also spills over into our faith. We want to know what is right and wrong, the purpose of all of this, and what God wants.
At the same time, we can toe this line pretty easily as we give shape to our theological worldview, political opinions, country allegiance, economic desires and beckoning of comfort.
All too often in the American Christian landscape our “certainty” has drawn the line as to who is in and who is out, what parts of the Bible are relevant to give shape to our views, and whose side God is on.
How many times has Jesus butted heads with the Pharisees because of their conclusions and preconceived notions about the law, religion and what God desires?
In her book, The Gift of Wonder, Christine Aroney-Sine invites readers into the beauty and joy of wonder.
“Questions test boundaries as kids seek permission to stretch beyond the confines of their small world. Children need to know that it is okay to have doubts and be unsure. They are content with mystery and wonder of the questions that cannot be easily answered. Adults need the same kind of freedom,” said Aroney-Sine on this week’s episode.
Aroney-Sine is the founder and facilitator for God Space, an online community focused on creative spirituality, gardening and sustainability.
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Andy Hale created and hosts the podcast of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Hale is the senior pastor of University Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, following eight years as the founding pastor of Mosaic Church of Clayton and five years as CBF’s church start specialist. Follow on Twitter @haleandy