This was the message on a local church sign that I drove by the other day. After first chuckling to myself and dismissing the message as complete nonsense, I thought a bit more about it. And after some introspection, I ultimately had to agree with this sign.
When I was a Christian, I would have wholeheartedly agreed with this message on the spot. I wouldn’t have even thought twice about it. Of course Jesus was the answer to every question. Who can I call on when I’m in need? Jesus. Who made a way for me to be saved and enter into Heaven one day? Jesus. Who sees beyond my sin and loves me unconditionally? Jesus. These are the questions I used to ask and Jesus was the perfect answer. Jesus is still the perfect answer…
Only now I ask much different questions.
Who was never there when I called out to him? Jesus. Who seems to be nothing more than a composite of many different god figures that were invented long before Christianity? Jesus. Whose very existence has never been proven and therefore worship of him is absurd? Jesus. Who has “holy” texts based around his supposed life, death and resurrection that are full of lies, errors, completely inaccurate science and unprovable magic? Jesus. Who did I count on for nearly four decades, but who never once showed up or answered one single prayer? Jesus.
So yes, Jesus is the answer to many different questions. For Christians, saying Jesus is the universal answer to universal questions can bolster one’s faith. That doesn’t make it true. For those of us (all of us actually) who were left at the alter by Jesus, the outcome of trusting in Jesus looks much different. On one hand, you have a book saying Jesus is the answer, but on the other you have a life that is still full of unanswered questions. Answers on paper don’t do much for a hurting heart, a “lost soul” or someone just looking to fit in. Without an in-person encounter, saying “Jesus is the answer” is the equivalent of saying the service was fantastic after waiting a very long time for a package to be delivered, and on the day of the delivery (instead of receiving what you’ve ordered) you come home to a note saying “sorry we missed you”…and have no package to show for all of your patient waiting. Then, when you are given a new delivery date, it happens again. Then again and again until you finally are forced to cancel your order. You realize that the package will never arrive at your doorstep and continuing to wait is a pointless endeavor. Waiting and waiting, with nothing whatsoever to show for it, is not an answer.
Obtaining knowledge is a good thing. So keep asking questions. Keep searching for answers. Don’t settle for a placeholder (Jesus) for the answers you really need to be given. If Jesus was really the answer, the questions would have stopped already. But they haven’t. Instead, people are still asking. People are still searching. People are still trying to learn and discover their place in this world. The answers are still out there, waiting to be found. Some answers are simple and right under your nose. Some questions may never get answered and that’s okay. But nothing good can come from blindly answering all questions with a solution that has never once materialized.
Stop trying to force a square Jesus into a round question.