(Orange, Texas)

October 27, 2012

Asking the question of why

John Warren
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — If you have been around a four year-old, you probably have heard this question every five minutes; Why?

That is fine; they are inquisitive and are trying to understand a complex world.

I have a lot of “why” questions myself.

Some of my “why” questions come from a search for understanding of what is going on in the world. Why does it seem that most of the unrest in the world comes from the Middle East? Is there nothing in their culture that encourages forgiveness and repentance? Some questions have come to me because of the season. Do you have some of the same questions? Why can’t a politician answer a question with an answer rather than a speech? Why do we have three Presidential debates when they seem to say the same thing all over again, as if we didn’t hear it the first two times?

There was a program on TV this summer, the title escapes me. It was a sort of question and answer game show. As long as the contestant answered the questions correctly, they were able to continue and win money. But if they missed a question, a trap door was opened and they fell through the floor, ending their participation in the game. Why doesn’t the Presidential Debate Committee set up the debates like that? Anytime the person doesn’t answer a question, they get the trap door. Then another politician gets a chance to answer the question. After a few fall through the trap door, I am sure someone would catch on!  I would think the debates would be far more relevant and at least more entertaining!

I went to Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. While there, I attended Chapel Services on Thursday mornings. The Chaplain spoke, and to some of my fellow students, his sermons raised more questions than they answered. At first, I could understand their frustrations because there are many who are happy to have someone else to tell them what to believe. But Dr. Farley Snell, also a Religion Professor and Pastor, purposefully crafted his sermons to leave us with questions, because he said God gave you a brain to use.  Because of his sermons, he began eating lunch in the school cafeteria, so we students could sit and ask and discuss his talks. What started in the cafeteria sometimes would move to his front porch in the evening. If you ask God why, you will get an answer.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God.” Matthew 6:33