Can you help me with something?
It’s a question needing answered.
A small question, that’s a big deal.
Why do you believe?
I ask this with the heart of a fellow sojourner who mourns the loss of a life of faith that was hard fought and hard won only to finally yield to the torrent of unyielding evil.
An excerpt from a note sent to a dear friend, whose heart is tested and true:
Last week, I read an article from the New York Times about the Value of Suffering. In it, David Brooks referenced a Paul Tillich quote, “people who endure suffering are taken beneath the routines of life and find they are not who they believed themselves to be.”
Couple this with what my friend and pastor said about the God in whom I earnestly believed has been shattered…and 20+ years of seeking the unseen.
And though I am not intent on NOT-believing, I am equally not intent on believing (what a horrible sentence.)
So here it is-the question:
Why do you still believe?
And I wonder why Seth and Crock and Detreich Bonhoffer, and Lisa, and Karis still believe.
I am not attempting to poke you or your faith with a stick.
You are steadfast and brilliant and never feign perfection.
If you have others who might answer this question authentically and without judging, please feel free to forward this to them.
The cloud of witnesses must speak; in search of stories of hard fought faith of CS Lewis and other Ragamuffins…
Folks, will you help a girl out? Why do you believe?
Please: Do not tell me why I should believe or throw other people or ideologies under the bus. Intelligent people can talk about heady things and still remain kind.
And frankly, it’s the sanctimonious dumbassery of the high-minded that turn so many people away from what is – in all hopes – a beautiful truth.
Thank you to the two friends who have already begun this conversation with me.
And – if you’d like to reply, but not have it published, please add (DO NOT PUBLISH) to your thoughtful response.
Thank you so much for joining the conversation.