Faithful Asking

Genesis 18:17–33, Colossians 2:6–19

There are two different amazing streams of thought in this vignette of Abraham and God. The first is Abraham’s audaciousness. That a ful person is free to God for clarification is beautiful. This shows us that when we are ful toward and trustful of God, it’s okay to not understand, and to clarifying questions. There has long been an undercurrent in some Christian s that any sort of questioning is wrong and even sinful. This is not the case.

The other stream is God’s respect toward Abraham. God could have hidden things from Abraham and chose not to. God seems to think that while God is God, Abraham is an important piece and has a place in this story. It is almost as if God wants Abraham to have a place in the story for Abraham’s development.

Questioning authority is fraught with perils. Abraham questioned THE authority. There is a place for it. It is important to understand the point of questioning in our : to understand, to clarify, to see our place in the big picture (to some degree).

There are those who struggle with “question authority”. There is a reason why it is healthy. In his letter to the Colossians, is having to unwind rules and regulations. There are Jewish and Romans and local pagan customs that all need to be unwound from the Church. alludes to questioning the religious authorities. His questions “disarmed” their control over “proper” God-honoring life.

What’s inteing here is that is not just talking about food. He is also talking about ascetic (think monks) practices, worship practices, sacrificial practices. As a denomination with its own “peculiarities”, the Church of the Nazarene is showing s of growing out of the same tendencies that opposed. It’s not to say that the path is out of date or wrong, quite the contrary. It’s that the Church is re-learning the lessons that and taught.

What’s inteing here is that is not just talking about food. He is also talking about ascetic (think monks) practices, worship practices, sacrificial practices. As a denomination with its own “peculiarities”, the Church of the Nazarene is showing s of growing out of the same tendencies that opposed. It’s not to say that the path is out of date or wrong, quite the contrary. It’s that the Church is re-learning the lessons that and taught.

The Church of the Nazarene has had people condemn others because their lifestyle did not meet their standards, just as those causing trouble in Colossi. Some of these practices have been held in a tighter embrace than those t-oriented practices that are in the . No denomination has been spared. Both the Roman Catholic and Orthodox have long held the ascetics very high. Any good practice used to diminish others is no longer a good practice.

1) Have you ever questioned someone’s maturity of because they don’t do a practice that you think is better?

2) Have you ever questioned someone’s maturity of because they have a practice that you think is pointless or lifeless?

3) When was the last time you looked at the to add a new or revitalize an old practice for your ual growth?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.