Our minds might race to answer, “What is the most important question today in the church?” But, I am wondering what is the most important question in the world today. Does it have to do with the economy? Politics? Divisiveness? Healthcare? The environment? Or, is the most important question one of meaning? Where do people find meaning in their lives? How do they see God?
This question is about relevance. What means the most to the most people? What question challenges everyone? What question has universal implications? We know that we will all die, so maybe the most important question is about death. Life had to come from somewhere. Most religions, including our Christian faith, offer some suggestions about the origin of all that exists.
The beauty of this question is dialogue. We have different answers. Our answers come from our various perspectives. And, as we share our answers we learn from one another. The answers can relate to the end of time or the beginning of life. This query is a point of departure. It is a place to begin exploration. The church is a place where we can pursue these questions. The church is a safe place—a place where we can be both validated and challenged at the same time.
Isaiah 64:4 says, “From ages past no one has heard, no ear perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him.” Paul quotes this verse in 1 Corinthians 2:9. The following verses suggest the Holy Spirit’s continuing involvement in the world. We can pursue these difficult questions in the church and have faith that God will engage with us on the journey. There are mysteries and we can explore them, but we explore them together. Perhaps, as we continue to build a safe place to pursue these important questions, other people will join us in our pursuit. This is my prayer.