I have a group of friends that gets together every Thursday night that is pretty unique. We’re a motley crue of friends, most of us worked together at the local big box electronics store, most of us in leadership positions, but with exception of a couple, we have now completely gotten out of retail. We’re a pretty mixed group because some of us are charismatics, some are traditional evangelicals, some are atheists or agnostics, and I sit as the lonely Anabaptist. We originally got together on a whim to hang out and reminisce about old times of insanity in the retail world and share some food, but one day, one of our “seekers”, as we call them, asked a question that sparked those of us in ministry. “Could God make a burrito so big, and so spicy, that He Himself could not eat it?”
“Could God make a burrito so big, and so spicy, that He Himself could not eat it?”
Admittedly, we racked our brains on the question for a few minutes before we realized the fallacy of the question. It’s a completely flawed question. It’s one meant to be a catch 22. Kinda like if someone were to ask you “Hey, does your mom know you’re an idiot?” You can’t answer it properly. If you say yes, you’re an idiot. If you say no, you’re an idiot. Upon our realization of the flaw, of course, it was easy for us to explain the flaw to the person who asked it, and then point to different scripture points and evidence in our individual lives of the awesome power of our God. The experience though, was enough to make the group of us realize that there are a lot of questions, both flawed and otherwise out there that believers and non-believers alike have asked, and that this group was a great vehicle for that. We’ve met virtually every Thursday since.
So in light of that, I began looking at some of these questions people have and some of the responses out there today. It has become a world littered with questions and possible answers, but some people don’t think that asking questions is OK. They point to scriptures like Deuteronomy 6:16 or Luke 4:12 that say “Do not test the Lord your God” or they say that it isn’t our place to question God. So that’s my question for today, are we really “testing God” when we ask these questions or are we simply trying to find the inherent truth provided to us by a God so powerful and sovereign so we can grow closer to Him?
Of course it’s a human attribute to question things, because we of course lack that whole omniscience thing that the “Big Guy” has, but is that a bad thing? Maybe you have your own “Holy burrito” type questions, flawed or not, should we ask them? I wanna know what these questions are. In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” So, let’s starting seeking, knocking, and asking, so we can start a conversation…for Christ’s sake.
Zach is a father, husband, and social media addict that describes his approach to faith as being a “Charismatic, Evangelical, Anabaptist that loves Catholic traditon, or just a plain old ‘lover of Jesus’ for short. He is the Youth director at Poages Mill Church of the Brethren and hangs out with an odd group he calls the “Holy Burrito Crew”.