I watched a YouTube video about David and Goliath. It tried to debunk many details of the biblical account. I’m okay with that. Yes, I am a Bible-believing Christian. Part of that, contrary to many assumptions about all Christians, is the belief that God made me with a mind for a reason. He doesn’t get offended when I doubt or question him. It’s part of the relationship he wants with me. He wants me to seek, to ask, to sift through.
Sifting, thinking rationally, and using common sense takes effort. In our ease-of-finding-information times, we can easily get a bit lazy. We like our teachings in sound bites and memes. If someone can wrap up something we want to know or believe in a few words or minutes, we’re all for it.
Learning takes time.
Changing takes effort.
Growing requires humility.
I thought the speaker on the video made some good points. There is a lot in the biblical account that goes unsaid, not to mention the cultural innuendos we simply don’t know unless we research. The gaps in what we’re told or what we currently know can’t simply be filled with any haphazard information, even if it’s presented in a way that seems to make sense because of the presenter’s confidence.
Numerous times, the speaker would present a gap in what we know for sure, then present a theory as fact, followed by a strong, “Right?,” not so much of a question as an accusation that if the listener doesn’t agree, surely he or she isn’t really following the unfailing logic.
But logic is faulty at times – more often than we probably like to admit.
Another phrase he used as he wrapped up a conclusion is “I’m sure we all agree…”
We all don’t agree.
He’s also say “It makes sense that…,” appealing to our need to be sensible. We want our logic to make sense. If it does, we can trust what we’re learning and absorbing. But just because someone says something makes sense doesn’t mean it makes sense.
This particular teacher wasn’t a fan of biblical truth, but that’s not what made his presentation style wrong. We Christians take a similar approach at times. We share our conclusions in such a way that assumes if someone disagrees or wants to wrestle or doubt, they’re wrong. Maybe they are, but maybe they just need to work through it another way. Maybe we need to consider other perspectives. Maybe we have the basic truth but God wants to prune some unnecessary stuff away from it.
Wanting to explain things to others doesn’t mean we’re actually effective or accurate in explaining things to others. Instead of focusing on the explanation and proving our points, let’s try to understand and become more familiar but always in the context of faith, in the context of truth.