Doubt. Doubts. We all have them. We might doubt that our employer cares about our future. We might doubt that our friends actually like us. We might doubt that the government is honest and serves us. We can even have doubts about God.
Do these doubts make us bad people? It is all too easy to fall into the trap that says that it does. The good news is that there is nothing wrong with doubt. I know you have hear things that are contrary to that but I’m hear to tell you that doubts are okay. Really. Having doubts about . . . well, about anything, is a sign of our humanity.
Why do we have doubts? There are lots of reasons but often then spring from worry, we are worried about our attractiveness so we doubt the sincerity of the compliments we receive. We are worried about money so we doubt our ability to care for ourselves or our family’s financial needs. Worry creates doubt which sometimes creates silence, we hide our doubts because we are ashamed of them or we think they are stupid or we are sure no one will care.
I said above that doubts are okay, it is what we do with doubt that is the key. If we give in to the temptation to silence and never talk about our doubts, never take them to the right person, we will never have them addressed and the underlying cause of the doubt will also be left unaddressed.
Knox Presbyterian Are we allowed to be doubtful?
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Are we allowed to be doubtful?
This Sunday’s sermons are drawn from the most famous doubter in the Bible, Thomas. Give them a listen and see if you get some help with dealing with doubt, or at least understanding it better. Let me know what you think in the comments.