There’s something about the human condition that keeps us from just being human.
Being human accepts that we are finite creatures – we have a beginning and end. There is a limit to our personal knowledge. There is only so much we can do. There are only so many answers that we can tuck away in our brains.
And yet, sometimes, we refuse to just say “I don’t know”.
At Faith in the City pub ministry, we go down this route a lot. We tackle a big question with deep importance to our faith, tradition, and way of life. Ultimately, our conversation takes us to a place of greater understanding, but on occasion, we have to say… “I just don’t know.” It’s not a cop out – it’s not giving up. It’s just accepting the fact that right now in our life, with what we know, experience, and understand of scripture, faith, God, and reality, we don’t have a clear picture. Maybe someday it will become clear, but rather than pretend to have some hidden insight, we admit that we are human.
Cause we are…. human.
Those three words can be frustrating, but they can also be liberating.
May they be liberating to all who seek truth, meaning, and purpose in this world.