Answer Me This

C’mon… Answer me this…

2016-03-30 07.27.32Some people are afraid of questions. They worry they will not know the answer.

Some worry that their question will only raise more questions, and there will be more questions than answers!

Some people who ask questions worry how you will answer!

I read that attorneys are taught to never ask questions they do not already know what the answer will be – as in, that’s generally what they find out in discovery or research.

This morning, while previewing my various news apps on my iPhone, I realized that there are too many stories that have no real good answer as to why they are so popular. As in, why are we so focused on the antics of a few, and miss the bigger stories of global need? Why do I care about Bruce Jenner? Or March Madness (replace with a rousing game of horse and call it done!)… U.S. Politics – they are all gamers playing a game they hope to win so they can do what they want.

Questions are often used to get a rise out of someone…or even to get an answer that will give you ammunition.

But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”  (Matthew 22:34-36 NKJV)

Let’s see if we can get him to say something that will be to his detriment! Jesus obviously gives them a good enough answer.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  (Matthew 22:37-40 ESV)

They cannot dispute the first portion of the answer. And the second part is probably a point of discussion between various groups but the concept of what God loves then we should love equally.

Jesus then flips the coin and asks them several questions they are easily able to answer, and then one they cannot answer. Here’s Matthew’s summation of this particular exchange…

And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions. (Matthew 22:46 ESV)

Sometimes your question puts the other party on notice… I know a lot and you probably have no question that can I cannot respond to, and my question reveals your ignorance and bias.

During this political season, and perhaps all the time, I do not answer the phone unless I know the caller. Even though I am on the “Do No Call” registry, pollsters are allowed (it seems) to call my number despite my desires. In the past I noticed something.

They ask questions that give them results to pad their poll with a specific answer.

Flipping the CoinYou know, you can only answer Yes or No…
Never with a Maybe…
Or, it depends…
And the question either puts you on one side of the coin or the other.

It’s frustrating to not have your opinion validated with a correct view of your belief. Sometimes, you just need to keep your mouth shut and say nothing.

At the end of each Wednesday night Bible Study, I always open the floor to comments, questions, likes or dislikes. It often brings out things I have never thought of before, or clarifies a point, or raises issue with something particularly pointed out. Sometimes is rousing. Sometimes nothing is said. And sometimes there is nothing…

Regardless. I do enjoy the moments where we can dialogue and discuss. That’s often the purpose of questions.

 

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