As most of my regular readers know, I like to ask questions. Sometimes, the questions that we ask are more important than the answers that we come to. Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post called “It is dangerous to ask ‘Why?’” I like to ask, “Why?” Here are some of the questions that I asked then:
It is interesting, and sometimes dangerous, to ask why believers traditionally do certain things:
Why do we say that the church is people and people are important, but spend so much money on buildings?
Why is the place where the church meets called a “sanctuary”, “house of God”, or “church”?
When believers meet together, why is it called a “worship service”?
Why is a piece of bread and a thimble of juice and fifteen minutes at the end of a “service” called “the Lord’s Supper”?
Why do men wear suits and women wear dresses when believers meet together on Sunday mornings with other believers?
Why do believers typically bow their heads and close their eyes when they pray?
Why do we use a phrase like “pastoral authority”?
Why do we put all of our “offering” in a joint account, then decide later what to do with it?
Why is the “preacher” or “pastor” allowed to speak when the church meets but no one else is allowed?
Why are some people called “Reverend”?
Why do we need a special “family life center” for sports activities when there are perfectly good community centers?
Why do we call each other “brother” and “sister” when we barely know one another?
Why do we spend one minute shaking hands and call it “fellowship”?
Why do we spend so much time arguing about things that are not in Scripture when we are not obeying what is in Scripture?
Why do we think that God speaks clearest through a sermon?
When we meet with other believers, why do we spend most of our time looking at one person and the back of everyone else’s heads?
Why are only certain believers called “ministers”?
Why do we emphasize, teach, and demand obedience to these things (and others) which are not found in Scripture – and some are even contrary to Scripture – while we de-emphasize, ignore, or explain away other things such as discipleship, fellowship, community, or the “one anothers” which are emphasized in Scripture?