Now, I’ve also come to realize that once you’ve deconstructed a lot of the ways things have been done, you have to start (re-)building something.

There comes a point when some folks question just to be questioning. I don’t know if it is because they think it makes them look especially deep/insightful or simply need an excuse to complain and do in the guise of “questioning;” but I get the sense that they not truly seeking answers. It strikes me as intellectual navel gazing at best or an excuse not to progress at worst. It’s like they are stuck in a groove, an intellectual rut. Pretty soon a lot of their ideas start to sound like mush.

One of the things that has struck me recently is that Christ became more enigmatic with those who were arrogant or who were certain about what they knew or who simply weren’t getting it. So he began telling parables. It was almost like he was saying “you ain’t trying to sort nothing out, so you’re getting stories.” (This is how Jesus talks in my head. He also sounds a little like Chris Rock.)

Anyway, it’s like this process that one has to go through as they shift from one paradigm to another. Once you’ve laid waste to a lot of your foundational ideas, you have to have some sort of mooring. I think how this happens has a lot to do with how we are leaving our old way of thinking. People tend to enter into new worldviews one of two ways: proactively (by catching and embrace a new vision) or reactively (because of some poor experience with their traditional paradigm – in other words, they are mad about something).

Which means that teachers and leaders have to think through what it means to train and equip people. Some folks simply need time to heal and recover from their old paradigms. I know plenty of folks who wanted to work in new contexts but, because of where they were, were put into traditional contexts and then found themselves battered and bruised. Also, along the same lines when the system we have for how we are used to seeing the world crumbles, it takes a while to recover as well as build a new way of thinking.

You’ve got to have people who will speak truth into your life, but those people need to understand that making mistakes is part of what learning is about. The goal is not to make someone mistake free, but provide cues and guidelines to help them think for themselves. For those trapped in a miasma of questions, at some point you have to wake up and act in faith.

Well, maybe the “questioning” and the complaining is a natural part of the process as the seeker is letting the venom out of their soul as they undergo the painful process of switching paradigms. Honestly, I think we underestimate the power of times of silence. Time to let the dust settle in our lives. Time to be still and know that He is God. Maybe in the silence we can find some answers.