Kevin Welborn | @theKevinWelborn
My oldest daughter is inquisitive to say the least. Daily, I have to explain a myriad of principles of the universe to her. She NEEDS to know these things. Too often, my explanations are not sufficient for her. I apologize for my lack of knowledge in the areas of astronomy, thermodynamics, and My Little Pony.
The hardest question she ever asks is, “why?”. Sunday we were discussing the Hebrew name for God, YHWH. I don’t remember the catalyst for this conversation, but she mispronounced the name and I corrected her. In her opinion, YHWH is a funny sounding name. I responded with, “Well, it is a Hebrew name and not an English one.”
She then drops a “why” bomb on me. Why is it Hebrew? It just is. I had, nor have, any better explanation than that.
Why is a 403(b) different than a 401(k)? Why are there all these parentheses in these terms? Did I have to google the plural from of parenthesis? And why are there bears and bulls in our stock market? Is it because bulls are better stewards of their money than bears are? Vice versa? They are both terrifying in their own way, I don’t want to ignite the ire of either!
Some people who read this blog will be able to respond to those stock market questions. For those educated or experienced in finance, these would be fairly simple to answer.
But, the “why” of the matter is often more difficult and complex.
Begin to ask yourself why it is that you feel the way you do on some things. Why do you believe as you do on salvation? Is it because it is biblical, or because it fits your lifestyle and/or agenda? Why are you so convinced that your view on social issues is correct and Godly? Can you point it out in the Scriptures to someone?
Many of us would fight to our demise on certain issues. I completely agree that there are some issues that are worth dying for. But, before you die as a martyr, do you even know why you believe so passionately in these matters?
Allow me to help with one particular “why” question that the Bible deals with specifically…
Why are there fights and quarrels among us as Christians?
Infrequently, these disagreements are for valid reasons. I am talking a small percentage.
James 4 tells us that the reason that there are quarrels and fights within our members because our passions are at war within us! We covet and cannot obtain, so we resort to fighting.
But isn’t passion good? It most certainly can be.
What we must be conscious of, is our motivation behind our passion. Whose agenda are you promoting? Whose kingdom or kingship is at stake? Who does sit on the throne of your life? Why are you so passionate about this subject? Is it because your pride is at stake?
Is it more important for you to be correct or to win an argument?
Is it more important for you to be correct or to be kind?
The bible teaches us to be slow to speak and to be slow to be angry in James 1, but we are to be quick to listen.
If you are passionate about something, I commend you. Be diligent to ask yourself why it is you are so passionate. The rich, young ruler was passionate about his money and caused him to be disappointed in Jesus. He walked away, because his passion was his money.
Christian, be slow to speak and quick to listen. Listen to God and allow Him to direct your passion. Had the young ruler given Jesus the chance, he would have had so much more fulfillment than he ever had with his bank statement.
Kevin Welborn is the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. He is married and has two daughters. He loves his native Texas, sports, and exploring creation. The most famous person he has ever met is someone you have never heard of. You can contact Kevin on Twitter at @theKevinWelborn.