Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best Question Ever

The current series at the church I'm serving is called The Best Question Ever.  I stole it from Andy Stanley.

The best question we can ask is: What is the wise thing to do?

This is better than any other question. 

We can ask: "What is the right thing to do?" 

But some decisions aren't about right and wrong, some decisions are morally neutral.  Also, so many decisions are not necessarily between what is right and what is wrong, but what is good and what is better.  The decision between going out with church friends to have fellowship and staying home to spend quality time with the family is a decision between a good thing and a better thing.

We can ask: "What does the Bible say?" 

But it is silent in so many areas.  Also, the Bible is not an instruction manual so it will not tell us what to buy, what to eat, what career to pursue and many other decisions.  This is not to devalue the Bible, I just think Christians use it in the wrong way sometimes.  The Bible is the amazing story of God creating the world, incarnating into the world and rescuring humanity within and beyond the world. 

We can ask: "What would Jesus do?" 

Sounds great.  But again, we don't actually know what Jesus would drive if he came into the world today.  We don't actually know if Jesus would care about the theme for this Summer's VBS at our church.  Another problem with "What would Jesus do?" is that it assumes that Jesus exists in the past tense.  I like "What is Jesus doing?" better.  The question, what is the wise thing to do looks to God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit as the source of that wisdom.

So may you ask instead: What is the wise thing to do and find that God uses it to keep you in the freedom He already has for you.

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